From Today in Science History, Feb. 14, 2005
Happy Birthday! to:
Georg Christian Füchsel
Born 14 Feb 1722; died 20 Jun 1773.
The originator of the idea of stratigraphic formations, he was one of the first to make recorded measurements of sections of stratified rock. His major work, "Historia terrae et maris, ex historia Thuringiae, per montium descriptionem, eruta" (1861), contains the general principles of historical geology.