December 16, 1909–September 20, 1993
BY HEINRICH WAENKE AND JAMES R. ARNOLD
HANS E. SUESS WAS A member of a dynasty of famous Austrian scientists. The founder of this dynasty was his grandfather Eduard Suess (1838-1914). He was a professor at the University of Vienna (1857-1908) and president of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (1898-1911). He became well known in geology and paleontology, especially by his book The Face of the Earth (in German: Das Anlitz der Erde), which became fundamental in geology and geotectonics. For the first time he not only described geological phenomena but also tried to find physical and geological reasons for them. The book has been translated from German into all the major languages. Aside from his work as a scientist, Eduard Suess was engaged in politics and became the first member of the City Council of Vienna and later on a member of the Austrian Parliament. His name is also connected with a new system for the supply of water brought from the Alps to Vienna over about 200 km, which he designed and fought for its realization politically.
The father of Hans E. Suess was Franz Eduard Suess (1867-1941). His field was geology and petrography, and he became a professor at the University of Vienna in 1908.