John Weihaupt, Ph.D.

John Weihaupt, Ph.D., emeritus professor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has published his second book on the exploration and discoveries in Antarctica. Of Maps and Men: The Mysterious Discovery of Antarctica was released last month.

This story begins with Weihaupt’s own explorations deep in the interior of Antarctica and the questions they inspired. Today, we have a good understanding of the nature of our planet and its human history, yet there are inevitably more questions about who and what we are than there are answers.

This work highlights the history of analyzing glaciers and ice sheets that lead to new discoveries in Antarctica.

His earlier book, published in 2012, Impossible Journey: The Story of the Victoria Land Traverse traced the trail of a four-month, 2,400-km journey into the unexplored hinterland of East Antarctica in 1959-60. The new book focuses on the cartography included in exploring the frozen continent.

Continuing a family legacy
Weihaupt is the great-great-great-great nephew of Captain William Clark of Northwest Territories fame, and of George Rogers Clark. Also a world explorer, Weihaupt has trekked in Alaska, Newfoundland, Canada, Chile, South America, and three expeditions to Antarctica. His field work and research are largely in geophysics and geology, and he is credited with the discovery of the Wilkes Land Gravity Anomaly, that may be the largest meteorite impact crater on Earth, lying beneath two miles of ice in East Antarctica. He is also co-discoverer of the USARP Mountain Range in Victoria Land, Antarctica, co-discoverer of the Wilkes Subglacial Basin in Antarctica, and he is credited with the discovery of the Orontius Finaeus map of Antarctica which predates the traditional date of discovery of that continent by some three centuries.

Mountain named for Weihaupt
For Weihaupt’s contributions to polar exploration and research, Mount Weihaupt, a mountain in Victoria Land, Antarctica, was been named for him by the United States National Science Foundation, the United States Geological Survey, and the International Board on Geographic Names.

Weihaupt has extensive experience in geophysics, including the publication of countless scientific papers and articles, included in publications such as the Journal of Geophysical Research, Eos–Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, Geophysics, Transactions of the International Geological Congress, Transactions of the AGU Meetings of the Americas, EuroCoast and Biologicum Periodicum.

Last month, Weihaupt shared his experiences and observations as the guest speaker for the 2013 Real Estate Council Holiday Luncheon at the Denver Country Club.

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