Wilhelm Ramsay

Wilhelm Ramsay (20 January 1865 – 6 January 1928) was a Finland Swede geologist. He became a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1914 and in 1915 was accepted into the Royal Physiographic Society in Lund.

Wilhelm Ramsay
Born(1865-01-20)20 January 1865
Died6 January 1928(1928-01-06) (aged 62)
CitizenshipRussia (Finland)
Known forFennoscandia, Ijolite, Postjotnian, Timanide Orogen
Scientific career
University of Göttingen
University of Helsinki
InfluencedPentti Eskola

He coined the terms Fennoscandia (1900) and Postjotnian (1909).[1][2] Ramsay also coined the term ijolite.[3]

Together with Jakob Sederholm, Ramsay was a student of Fredrik Johan Wiik. Pentti Eskola was a student of Ramsay.[4]


  1. De Geer, Sten (1928). "Das geologische Fennoskandia und das geographische Baltoskandia". Geografiska Annaler (in German). Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography. 10: 119–139.
  2. Amantov, A.; Laitakari, I.; Poroshin, Ye (1996). "Jotnian and Postjotnian: Sandstones and diabases in the surroundings of the Gulf of Finland". Geological Survey of Finland, Special Paper. 21: 99–113.
  3. Lindberg, Johan (September 9, 2011). "Ramsay, Wilhelm". Uppslagsverket Finland (in Swedish). Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  4. Haapala, I. (2005). "Chapter 17: History of Finnish bedrock research". In Lehtinen, Martti; Nurmi, Pekka A.; Rämö, Tapani (eds.). Precambrian Geology of Finland. Amsterdam: Elsevier. pp. 683–701. ISBN 9780080457598.

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