b. in Brynafon, Llanfair-Caereinion, Mont., 19 February 1871. He was educated at Oswestry High School and at Edinburgh University, where he graduated M.B., Ch.M., 1893, and B.Sc., 1894 at Cambridge he took a 1st class in both parts of Nat. Sc. Tripos in 1897-98 and 2nd class in Moral Sc. Tripos 1899; he graduated M.D. (Edinburgh) in 1902.
His first important research was a bathymetrical survey of the lakes of Snowdonia and eastern Caernarfonshire, published by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1902. He was appointed lecturer in Geology at St. Andrews University in 1903, and in 1914 Regius Professor of Geology and Mineralogy at Edinburgh, where he took a prominent part in the academic and scientific life of the city. His earlier work mainly related to the glacial deposits of Wales, and after settling in Edinburgh he made important contributions to Scottish geology, mainly in relation to the older rocks of the Highlands and the Hebrides. He was a member of the Royal Commission on Coast Erosion (1906), President of the Geological Society of Edinburgh (1917-18), and Fellow and Vice-President (1929-32) of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He died 18 July 1943 at Edinburgh.
Published date: 2001
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