Well-known SA geologist dies in PMB

2008-02-16 00:00

One of South Africa’s most well-known geologists, Victor von Brunn, died at his home in Pietermaritzburg last Friday.

Von Brunn (73) died of a heart attack after having a knee operation.

In 1960, being a qualified geologist and specialist in glaciers and geomagnetism, he was appointed to run a research programme in Antarctica.

He was the first South African who specialised in glaciers to bring to light any meaningful research on the subject.

He also achieved great success after producing the film Aurora Australis about the Antarctic.

In 1965, he received a medal for the outstanding research that he conducted in the Antarctic.

He lectured geology at the University of Natal and was later appointed as deputy head of geology at the university.

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