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Sauer, Carl Ortwinlocked

(24 December 1889–18 July 1975)
  • Richard Harmond
  •  and Thomas J. Curran


Sauer, Carl Ortwin (24 December 1889–18 July 1975), geographer, was born in Warrenton, Missouri, the son of German-born William Albert Sauer and Rosetta J. Vosholl. As a boy he was sent to study for five years in southern Germany. In 1908 he graduated from Central Wesleyan College (now defunct), where his father taught French and music and served as the school’s botanist. The elder Sauer, a student of geography and history who insisted on the close relationship of those two disciplines, most likely had a significant influence on his son’s interest and outlook. Carl Sauer studied geology at Northwestern University briefly and then enrolled at the University of Chicago to study geography. There he came under the influence of geologist ...

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