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A P G Söhnge

Author of academic publications on Geology
Professor of Geology at Stellenbosch University, 1966 - 1978

Adolf Paul Gerhard Söhnge was born on 10 November 1913. He attended the Boys High School in Worcester. From 1931 he studied at Stellenbosch University (BSc en MSc cum laude) and from 1939 to1940 at Harvard University, USA, where he obtained a PhD with a thesis on copper depositions around Messina, Transvaal.
From 1935 until 1945 he worked as geologist at the Department of Geological Survey, Ministry of Mining, and explored areas around Middelburg, Witbank, Nelspruit, Barberton, Potgietersrus, Messina and the Richtersveld.
Professor of Geology at Stellenbosch University, 1966 - 1978

A P G Söhnge discovered the mineral (named after him), Söhngeite (Ga(OH)3).
He was married to Maria Desiree Grobler in 1946 and hey had two daughters. He was the younger brother of Wilhelm Ernst Heinrich Söhnge (27.05.1909), a minister at the NG church in Stellenbosch, who contributed compositions to church music and compiled the songbook for choirs, 'n Nuwe Lied

Award: Havenga Prize for Geology 1975

His publications include:

Geodynamics of the Cape Fold Belt (Editors: A P G Sohnge and I W Halbich), Geological Society of South Africa, Special publication no 12, 1983.
Journal of a Geologist, 2001
Crocidolite and Amosite deposits of the Republics of South Africa and Bophuthatswana (Co-author: Dreyer, C J B), Geological Survey, Pretoria, 1992

Books:

Aeroradiometric Survey for Uranium and Ground Follow-Up in the Main Karoo Basin (Co-authors: D. I. Cole and L. S. Labuschagne
The Geology and Achaeology of the Vaal River Basin (Co-author: Dirk Jacobus Leonardus Visser), Union of South Africa. Department of Mines. Geological Survey. Memoir no. 35, 1937
The Geology of the Richtersveld (Co-author: John De Villiers), Geological Survey Memoir, 48, 1959
Tsumeb: a historical sketch, The Committee of the S.W.A. Scientific Society, 1976

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