Wegener was born in Berlin, in 1880. He loved the ice and the sky. By 1908 he was already a university professor of meteorology. He was a young, brilliant, exuberant and charismatic teacher. He dedicated a great deal of time to field research: in Greenland’s glaciers he sought the replies to his questions. Wegener studied surfaced land and observed that the boundaries of the American and African continents were complementary, as in a gigantic jigsaw puzzle, and he became convinced that this could not be a banal coincidence, but quite the opposite, that right there, under his very eyes, lay the secret of the Earth’s history.
In this way, cross-referencing data from various scientific disciplines, in 1912 he arrived at his theory of the Continental Drift, which states that the continents are fragments shifting away from Pangaea, the immense region that about two hundred million years ago embraced all surfaced land. But the scientific community did not accept this theory for long and Wegener spent the rest of his life gathering the evidence to confirm his theory definitively. He died tragically and heroically during one of his expeditions across the snows of Greenland.