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Life and geological studies of Joaquín Frenguelli

By Alberto Carlos Riccardi


Joaquı´n Frenguelli was born in Rome, Italy in 1883 and died in Santa Fe, Argentina in 1958. After receiving his PhD in medicine from Rome University, he moved to Argentina in 1911 and worked as a medical doctor in the cities of Santa Fe and Co´rdoba until 1929. From 1920 until 1933 he was a professor of geology at the Littoral National University. In 1934 he moved to La Plata, where he was director of the Museum of Natural Sciences (1935–46). The scientific work of Frenguelli is characterized by its scope and excellence and its main focus was on the Late Cenozoic. Frenguelli modified the chronology of the stratigraphic scheme of the Pampas region, proposed a relationship with climatic episodes and then expanded it, directly or indirectly, to the whole record of the Late Cenozoic in Argentina. His contributions on diatoms and other microscopic organic remains, as well as on fossil vertebrates and invertebrates, were related to the environmental setting of the Late Cenozoic. In the 1940s, Frenguelli also worked on the fossil plants of the continental Upper Palaeozoic and Early Mesozoic rocks of Argentina. As a result, he characterized the Triassic successions, introducing new stratigraphic units and discussing their relationships and chronology.Fil: Riccardi, Alberto Carlos. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Centro Científico Tecnológico Conicet - La Plata; Argentina. Universidad Nacional de La Plata. Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Museo. División Paleozoología Invertebrados; Argentin

Topics: J. FRENGUELLI, BIOGRAPHY, HISTORY OF SCIENCE, Geología, Ciencias de la Tierra y relacionadas con el Medio Ambiente, CIENCIAS NATURALES Y EXACTAS
Publisher: 'Geological Society of London'
Year: 2017
DOI identifier: 10.1144/SP442.6
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