Alexander Tu Toit Biography


Alexander Tu Toit Biography: Alexander was a South African geologist.

Alexander Du Toit Age, Education, Career and Awards.

Alexander was born on 14th March, 1878 in Newlands, Cape Town.

Du Toit studied at Diocesan College in Rondebosch and at the University of the Cape of Good Hope. In 1899, he graduated in mining engineering at the Royal Technical College in Glasgow. He pursued a course in geology at the Royal College of Science in London.

Du Toit was appointed a geologist working with the Geological Commission of the Cape of Good Hope in 1903. He joined the Union Irrigation Department as water geologist and became the chief consulting geologist to De Beers Consolidated Mines in 1927 until retirement.

Du Toit won several awards including the Murchison Medal by the Geological Society of London and in 1943 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society. In 1973, a 75km crater on Mars was named after him in recognition of his work.

Some of Du Toit’s publications include Du Toit, A.L. (1926) The Geology of South Africa, Oliver and Boyd, London, UK and Du Toit, A.L (1937) Our Wandering Continents; An Hypothesis of Continental Drifting, Oliver and Boyd, London, UK.

Alexander died on 25th February, 1948 at the age of 69.


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