Lawrence Morley

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Lawrence Morley : biography

February 19, 1920 – April 22, 2013

Lawrence Whitaker Morley (February 19, 1920 – April 22, 2013) was a Canadian geophysicist. He was best known for his studies on the magnetic properties of ocean crust and their effect on plate tectonics.


Morley worked with Britons Fred Vine and Drummond Matthews. The three contributed significantly to geology by relating the magnetic properties of ocean crust to the processes involved in the theory of plate tectonics. Following graduate studies at the University of Toronto, Morley became Director of the Geophysics Branch of the Geological Survey of Canada in Ottawa (1950–1969). In 1970 he founded the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing and served as its General Director until 1979.

In 1974, Morley received an honorary degree from York University.. Retrieved February 12, 2007. He approached the university’s faculty of science in 1985 to promote the creation of an institute of space research, which was founded by himself in 1986 as the Institute for Space and Terrestrial Science (ISTS).

Morley served as a radar officer for the Royal Canadian Navy during the Battle of the Atlantic during the second World War. He has published over 65 scientific and technical papers on mineral exploration and remote sensing.. Retrieved February 12, 2007.

Morely was awarded a Gold Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 1995.