brief Curriculum Vitae for Prof. Em. K.M. Storetvedt

Karsten M. Storetvedt

Karsten M. Storetvedt

(1935 - present)

Karsten M. Storetvedt (1935–) obtained his cand.real. degree in 1962 and his Ph.D. in 1969. He has been associated with the University of Bergen since 1962, becoming a professor of geophysics in 1973. At the Geophysical Institute in Bergen, he taught modern perspectives on the Earth’s development (continental drift and plate tectonics) for nearly 10 years before such ideas became standard within Norwegian geological education. However, today he considers this theory to be the most serious misconception in the history of earth sciences.


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Curriculum Vitae

Born in 1935 in Bergen, Norway, Prof. Storetvedt grew up in a small farming community situated approximately 25 kilometers north of the city.

Throughout previous years, Prof. Storetvedt showed significant involvement in science administration, notably at the local university and in various honorary international capacities. Offices within the European Geophysical Society (EGS) were held from 1976 to 1988, culminating in his role as the Society’s Treasurer from 1982 to 1988.

During a sabbatical leave spanning 1988 to 1989, Prof. Storetvedt reached a profound conclusion regarding longstanding queries about the foundations of plate tectonics. This period marked the genesis of a new Earth theory, known as Global Wrench Tectonics, which discarded all established plate tectonic principles, subsequently signaling the end of his conventional academic trajectory.

The new theory has been introduced in guest lectures and seminars at over 50 universities and research institutions worldwide since its inception in 1989.

The state of global geo science was encapsulated and reinterpreted within the books “Our Evolving Planet” (1997, 456 p) and “Global Wrench Tectonics” (2003, 397 p).

Since 1989, Prof. Storetvedt has delivered numerous lectures on the limitations imposed by plate tectonics. Discussions highlighted how prevalent yet unverified ideas and arguments hindered progressive thinking rather than fostering it.

Upon retirement in 2005, Prof. Storetvedt published autobiographical notes (in Norwegian) chronicling darker aspects of the scientific realm, shedding light on disapproval faced by scientists diverging from mainstream concepts and group dynamics employed to reassert conformity.


1962: Graduated from Bergen University with a major in geophysics (M.Sc. thesis in solid Earth physics), with applied mathematics and geology as subsidiary subjects.

1962-1963: Scholarship holder for studies of palaeomagnetism at the Department of Physics, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

1963-1973: Lecturer, from 1968 Senior lecturer, in geophysics, University of Bergen.

1969: Doctorate in geophysics (thesis on “Remagnetization problems in palaeomagnetism”), University of Bergen.

1973-2005: Professor of Geophysics – Chair in geomagnetism, University of Bergen.

Visiting professor at:

  • Oliver Lodge Laboratory, Liverpool University (UK) 1972-1973;
  • Department of Geophysics, University of Western Ontario (Canada) 1976-1977;
  • Department of Physics, Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada) 1985;
  • Department of Physics, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (UK) 1988-1989.