Niels Viggo Ussing (1864-1911)

Professor of mineralogy and geology 1895-1911, MSc Polytechnical College 1886, assistant at the Mineralogical Museum 1887-93, DSc 1893, associate professor of mineralogy and geology 1893-95.

Like most of his fellow geologists, N.V. Ussing supported uniformitarian and evolutionary geology, but in contrast to his predecessor as professor of geology, Frederik Johnstrup, Ussing was also positive towards the theory of organic evolution. At the Darwin celebration in Copenhagen on 12 February 1909, Ussing thus honoured Darwin for his achievements and his influence on geology. 

Hans Henrik Hjermitslev

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