marie tharp


Marie Tharp was a geologist who created the first scientific map of the Atlantic Ocean floor.

Because of her work, the scientific community finally accepted the theories of tectonic plates and continental drift.

Yet as many women of the time, and even now, her great discovery was first considered as “girl talk”.

I was so busy making maps I let them argue... there's truth to the old cliche that a picture is worth a thousand words and that seeing is believing.

Marie Tharp

Marie Tharp is an inspiration for all women who want to become a geologist. Her discovery, along with her challenges, shows no dream is too big, even for women.

In this episode, you will learn the whole story of Marie from her first steps in science to her final achievements before her death in 2006.

If you want to learn more about Marie you can find her whole life story in the book by Hali Felt Soundings: The Story of the Remarkable Woman Who Mapped the Ocean Floor.

In this book, the writer tells the story of the vivid life of this pioneering scientist, who even she made “one of the most remarkable achievements in modern cartography, yet no one knows her name“.

Despite her incredible knowledge, she was never paid as well or never had a title or position that was adequate for what she was actually doing. It really was her discovery.

Hali Felt

Do you like Marie’s story? Who is your inspiration? Tell us his/her story below. 

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With love…for science,


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