Christ, Peter

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Biographical History

Peter Christ (1894-1944) was born in Langenbruck, Switzerland, on February 23, 1894, the eldest son of Dr. Alfred Christ-Paravinci. He earned his undergraduate degree from University of Basel, the Geological Institute in Grenoble; in 1919 he earned a Ph.D. from University of Basel. Known as the “Leader of Swiss Geology” he studied and wrote several important publications on the geology of Switzerland. During his career he completed military studies of water potability (1915-1917); geotechnical studies of coal mining studies with the faculty of the nearby University of Padua (c. 1920); studied the geology of Venezuela between the Orinoco and the Caribbean (1924); and directed the compilation of the Geological Atlas of Switzerland for the Swiss Geological Society (1929). He was married to Bertha Leuthold von Meiringen. Peter Christ died at the age of 50 while on a Swiss Geological Society excursion to Mt. Roseg in the Bernina Alps. His collections from Venezuela are deposited in the National Museum Herbarium.


Aces de la Societe Helvetique des Science Naturelles (1944). 124e Session anuelle SILS (Engandine). "Peter Christ, 1894 - 1944." p. 320 - 326.

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