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Obituaries of Fellows and staff of the Geological Society

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 378 GSL/OBIT
Held at: Geological Society of London
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Full title: Obituaries of Fellows and staff of the Geological Society
Date(s): 1895-present
Level of description: Series
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history:

Traditionally, if a Fellow is still a member of the Society when they die they received a formal, Society obituary which was published in one of the Society's serial publications. These obituaries have not been collated as they are easily retrievable in their published form. Instead this series consists of externally published obituaries or orders of service for Fellows and some members of staff which were mostly collected from the 1990s by Library staff. There is some material which is older, found loose among the backlog of other material and which has been added for ease of use.

It should be noted that the series will include ex members of the Society who resigned their Fellowship at some point before their death, but were kept for informational reasons.


Scope and content/abstract:

Obituaries, orders of service and other biographical information, mostly of Fellows of the Geological Society but including some members of staff, taken from external publications, 1895-present. Includes:

Charles Geoffrey Adams, 1994; Derek Ager, 1993; Robert Appleby, 2004; George Brown Barbour, 1979; Herbert Basedow, 1932; Douglas Bassett, 2009; Humphrey Purnell Blackmore, 1929; Guy Bomford, 1996; Geoffrey Bond, 1983; Prof Thomas George Bonney, 1923; Stanley Bowie, 2008; Geoffrey Brown, 1993; Richard Edward Butler, 2006; John Callomon, 2010; John 'Jack' Challinor; 1990; Sir Frank Claringbull, 1990; Anthony Michael Clarke, 1997; Mike Coward, 2003; Charles Gilbert Cullis, 1941; Philip Dagger, 1989; Kenneth Davies, 1991; William Boyd Dawkins, 1929; Sir Frank Dixey, 1982; Ronald Dixon, 1903 [biography]; Louise Donovan, 2007; Richard Allen Downing, 2013; Harold Drever, 1976; Percy Evans, 1975; William David Evan, Lord Energlyn, 1985; Joan Mary Eyles (nee Biggs), 1987; Albert Fitch, 2005; Rt Rev William Launcelot Fleming, 1990; Robert Foote, 1994; Professor Ian Gass, 1992; Archibald Geikie, 1924; Prof Ronald W Girdler, 2001; Rudolph (Silas) Glossop, 1993; Lt-Col Henry Haversham Godwin-Austen, 1923; Arthur Greig, 1978; Robert John Lechmere Guppy, 1916; Beverly Halstead, 1991; Jake Hancock, 2004; Dr S H Haughton, 1982; Sir Henry Hubert Hayden, 1924; Hollis Hedberg [bibliography], 1989; Michael House, 2002; Arthur Hutchinson, 1937; Dan Ion, 1986; David Keen, 2006; Sir Peter Kent [including attendees, order of service and eulogy delivered at his memorial services], 1986; Robert Kidd, 1996; John Kirkaldy, 1990; Walter G Kuhne, 1991; Dr Joe McCall, 2013; Donald McIntyre, 2009; Stephen Martin, 1995; Richard Melville, 1993; Arthur A Meyerhoff, 1994; Edwin Turner Newton, 1873; Tressilian Charles Nicholas, 1989; Arthur Henry Noble, 1980; Edeltraud Rosa Nutt, 1998; Mike Pentz, 1995; James Phemister, 1986; Colin Phipps, 2009; Prof Wallace Pitcher, 2004; Prof Neville Price, 2005; Arthur Raistrick, 1991; Hugh Ranson, 1985; Dr Thomas Robertson, 1981; Prof Sir Nicholas Shackleton, 2006; Robert Milner Shackleton, 2001; Douglas Shearman, 2003; Frederick Shotton, 1990; William Scott Shrubshole, 1895 and 1927; Prof Scott Simpson, 1984; Dr Leif Størmer, 1979; Robert Stonely, 2008; Prof John Sutton, 1992; Thomas Griffith Taylor, 1963; John Thackray, 1999; Nancy Pearl Tupholme (née Morris), 2013; Cyril Walker, 2009; Prof George Walker, 2005; William Whitehead Watts, 1947; Janet Watson, 1985; William Dixon West [published tributes on his 75th and 90th birthday] , 1976 and 1992; George W White, 1985; Harry Whittington, 2010; Arthur Smith Woodward, 1944; Claud Wright, 2010.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by surname.

Conditions governing access:

Access is by appointment only, daily readership fee is applicable unless you are a member of the Society. Please contact the Archivist for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to copyright and the condition of the original, may be supplied. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archivist.

Finding aids:

An online, detailed catalogue will be available shortly.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

For formal Society obituaries, the earliest can be found within the President's Anniversary Address given at the Annual General Meetings, and published in the 'Proceedings' of the Society [and later included in the 'Quarterly Journal']. From 1971 obituaries appeared in the Society's 'Yearbook', later Annual Report. From 2009, instead of annual lists, the obituaries appear regularly in 'The Geoscientist', the member's monthly magazine.

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Description by Caroline Lam.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
January 2014

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