Dr. Edward C Thiel (1928–61), was a geologist from the University of Wisconsin and chief seismologist at Ellsworth Station Antarctica, 1956-58. He was leader of the traverse party that discovered the Thiel Trough submarine valley that was later named in his honour. The Thiel Mountains were also named after him.
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Thiel was killed on 9 November 1961 whilst returning from a geomagnetic survey mission to Mirny Station. The P2V-7 (Bu No.140439) Neptune aircraft from US Navy Squadron VX-6 in which he was a passenger crashed at Wilkes Station Antarctica, where it had refueled overnight, and was en route back to McMurdo Station.