Published: Oct. 21, 2014

Dr. John G. Weihaupt standing in front of a treeDr. John G. (Jack) Weihaupt, came to the University of Colorado Denver in 1982 as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. After completing his term in that office, he worked in his home department (Geography and Environmental Sciences) as Professor of Geology until his retirement in 2007. Jack, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, was a geophysicist and geologist who lived or traveled in some fifty nations, and conducted geological, geophysical, and geographic explorations in the Arctic, Canada, Chile, and Antarctica. As a member of the Antarctic Victoria Land Traverse in 1959-1960, Dr. Weihaupt's eight man team consisting of American, Dutch, French, and New Zealand mountaineer scientists, was commissioned by the United States National Science Foundation to conduct a four month 2,400 kilometer journey into the unexplored hinterland of East Antarctica.

As a result of that exploration, Dr. Weihaupt, with his colleague Dr. Frans G. Van der Hoeven of The Netherlands, is credited with the discovery of the 400 x 1200 kilometer Wilkes Subglacial Basin.  Dr. Weihaupt is also credited with the discovery of the Wilkes Land Gravity Anomaly, potentially the largest meteorite impact crater on the planet. On the basis of ice cores recovered by Dr. Weihaupt and Dr. Van der Hoeven, their team member and colleague Dr. Claude Lorius of France, now a Member of the French Academy of Sciences, is credited with providing the first scientific evidence for Earth's contemporary global warming. Since his retirement in 2007, Dr. Weihaupt had continued his research, publishing a number of papers and books. At the time of his death he and his coauthors were completing three manuscripts, two of which have been accepted for publication. Jack is survived by his wife Audrey.

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