Nicholas W. Tschoegl

Nicholas W. Tschoegl (1918 - 2011) was a chemical engineer who promoted the Minoan hypothesis at the California Institute of Technology. From 1967 to 1984 Tschoegl was Professor of Chemical Engineering at Caltech. He published an article on Atlantis in 1972.


  •  B.Sc. Chemistry, New South Wales University of Technology.
  • Ph.D. Rheology, University of New South Wales.


  • Tschoegl, N. W. (1972). "Atlantis: Cradle of Western Civilization?". Engineering and Science. 35(7): 16-21.

California Institute of TechnologyEdit

Tschoegl promoted the Minoan hypothesis at the California Institute of Technology's Beckman Auditorium in the 1970s; he delivered a lecture on Atlantis to an audience of over a thousand people:

"The night of the lecture arrived. And would you believe it?—I had not expected it—a huge crowd showed up... What interested the audience was the topic—Atlantis. I was talking about the only theory that reasonably seems to fit the myth as it has come down to us through the ages. Plato wrote about what he had learned from his great-uncle Solon. Solon, whose name even today is synonymous with “lawgiver,” was an archon in Athens and had given the city a new constitution. Having done this, he thought it wise to disappear for a while and went to Egypt...Solon then did learn something about this history, and it came down to Plato. Well, according to the current interpretation of Plato’s dialogues, he was talking about what we now call the Minoan culture. Its center would have been on a vanished island, the remains of which are now known as Thera, which is also called Santorini... I supported the Minoan theory with a good amount of circumstantial evidence."[1]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Tschoegl, Nicholas W. Interview by Shirley K. Cohen. Pasadena, California, April-June 2001. Oral History Project, California Institute of Technology Archives.