Inge Lehmann was born in 1888 in Copenhagen,
Denmark. She attended Denmark's first co-educational school, founded
by the aunt of Neils Bohr, Hanna Adler.
Lehmann attended the University of Copenhagen
from 1907 to 1910. She returned a few years later to graduate with a
master's degree in Mathematics in 1920.
In 1925, Lehmann began work for the Danish
Geodetic Institute. She traveled to Greenland to make seismological
stations for recording earthquakes.
Lehmann was also studying in France, the
Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. She received her M.S. in Geodesy in
One year later, Lehmann was appointed to chief
of the Danish Geodetic Institute's seismological department. She held
that position until 1953.
During her career, she remarked about the
difficulties of a woman entering the male-dominated world of science.
She said, "You should know how many incompetent men I had to compete
Lehmann traveled all across the world, including
Canada, the United States, and Europe, to learn about the Earth before
dying in 1993.