Born at Aberystwyth, 17 December 1832, son of Joshua Hughes, afterwards bishop of S. Asaph. Educated at Leamington, Llandovery, and Trinity College, Cambridge, [from which he matriculated in 1853, graduated in 1857, and proceeded M.A. 1867; in 1883 he became Fellow of Clare College.] He became secretary to the British consul at Rome, 1860-1, served on the Geological Survey 1861-73, and succeeded Adam Sedgwick as Woodwardian Professor of Geology at Cambridge in 1873, holding the office until 1917. He was elected vice-president of the Geological Society in 1862, F.R.S. in 1889, and was awarded the Lyell Medal by the Geological Society in 1891. His research publications (more than fifty) relate mainly to the pre-Cambrian and Palaeozoic rocks of Wales and the borders of Lakeland and to glacial and post-glacial phenomena and deposits. His most important research was done during the period of service with the Geological Survey and in the few years following his appointment at Cambridge, after which his professorial duties absorbed more and more of his time. Hughes did much to stimulate interest in geology by reason of his fluency as a lecturer, and his capacity for being on easy terms with both junior and senior members of the university. He married, 1882, Mary Caroline, daughter of canon G. F. Weston. He died at Cambridge, 9 June 1917.
Published date: 1959
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