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François Matthes and the Marks of Time: Yosemite and the High Sierra (1962) by François E. Matthes

François Matthes and the Marks of Time, dust jacket
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Dust jacket

About the Author

François E. Matthes 1874-1948 (photograph by Ernest A. Bachrach)
François E. Matthes
(photograph by
Ernest A. Bachrach)

François Matthes (pronounced france-wah mat-hes) was born in Amsterdam March 16, 1874 and spent much of his youth in Switzerland, where he became interested in mountains and glaciers, then Frankfurt, Germany. He came to the US in 1891 to study at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and graduated as a Civil Engineer. Geology and glaciology was his hobby and became his work. Matthes joined the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in 1896, where he mapped and surveyed several National Parks, including Yosemite. In the 1920s he set out to determine if John Muir’s Yosemite glacier theories were correct. Matthes found that glaciers were a major force in creating Yosemite Valley and other features and published his findings as Geologic History of the Yosemite Valley USGS Professional Paper 160 (1930). Matthes also published several popular articles in Yosemite Nature Notes. Although Matthes never received an earned Doctorate, he received an honorary LL.D. degree in 1947 from University of California for his life-long accomplishments.

Matthes died June 21, 1948, while he was working on a popular book interpreting Yosemite geology. Matthes widow, Edith Lovell Matthes, and a colleague, Dr. Fritiof Fryxell, edited the unpublished manuscript and published it as The Incomparable Valley: A Geologic Interpretation of the Yosemite (1950). They also edited this book, François Matthes and the Marks of Time (1962), a selection of articles that appeared in Sierra Club Bulletin and elsewhere.


Bibliographical Information

François Matthes and the Marks of Time, cover
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Cover
Dr. Fritiof Fryxell 1900-1986
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Dr. Fritiof Fryxell
(editor) climbing in the
Grand Teton range,
Wyoming

François E. Matthes (1874-1948), François Matthes and the Marks of Time: Yosemite and the High Sierra (San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1962), Edited by Fritiof Fryxell (1900-1986). Copyright 1962 by the Sierra Club. LCCN 62011763. 189 pages. Illustrated. 26 cm. Bound in charcoal cloth board. Library of Congress call number QE89.M3.

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