Ben Lightfoot M.C., M.A., F.G.S.

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1888 Born January 30th at Bingley, son of J. Lightfoot of Boston Spa. Educated at Bradford Grammar School and Peterhouse, Cambridge. Harkness Prize for Geology (1909).
1909 Joined Geological Survey. Contributed to Tertiary Mull Memoir (1924); Central Coalfield Area IV (1923).
1912 Resigned. Appointed Assistant Geologist, Geological Survey of Southern Rhodesia.
1914 Sorby Research Fellowship from Royal Society.
1914-1918 Military Service (M.C.)
1919-1920 Mining geologist to Perrin and Marshall in Hyderabad.
1921 Rejoined Geological Survey of Southern Rhodesia.
1928 Lyell Fund from Geological Survey.
1939 President, Geological Society of South Africa.
1942 Draper Medal.
1946 Retired to Maidenhead then Hampshire.
1966 Died 18th November.

Biographies and obituaries[edit]

Phaup, A.E. Obituary - Ben Lightfoot (1888-1966). Proceedings of the Geological Society. v. 1651 p.231-232. 1969

Reconfiguration of the Zimbabwe Geological Survey, 2016 Ben Lightfoot's role in the Geological Survey of Southern Rhodesia is mentioned in this report.

Who’s Who (1929).

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Works listed in the BGS Library catalogue

Survey publications[edit]

Macgregor, M. ; Anderson, E. M. ; Hinxman, L.W. ; Lightfoot, B. (1923). The economic geology of the Central Coalfield of Scotland, area 6: Bathgate, Wilsontown and Shotts, with Braehead, Fauldhouse, Armadale and Harthill (with contributions by LW Hinxman and B Lighfoot). (Mem Geol Surv Scotl (Econ); 31). Edinburgh : HMSO.

Bailey, E.B. ; Clough, C.T. ; Wright, W.B. ; Richey, J.E. ; Wilson, G.V. ; Seward, A.C. ; Thomas, H.H. ; Anderson, E. M. ; Bosworth, T.O. ; Burnett, G.A. ; Ennos, F.R. ; Holttum, R.E. ; Lee, G.W. ; Lightfoot, B. ; Maufe, H.B. ; Radley, E.G. ; Geological Survey of Great Britain. Scotland (1924). Tertiary and post-Tertiary geology of Mull, Loch Aline, and Oban : (A description of parts of sheets 43,44,51 and 52 of the geological map). 1987 Reprint. (Memoir (District) Geological Survey of GB (Scotland)). Edinburgh : HMSO.

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British Geological Survey ; Peach, B.N. ; Clough, C.T. ; Hinxman, L.W. ; Anderson, E. M. ; Carruthers, R.G. ; Macgregor, M. ; Lightfoot, B. ; Dinham, C.H. ; Richey, J.E. ; Wilson, G.V. ; Grant Wilson, J.S. ; Read, H.H. ; Ross, G. ; MacGregor, A.G. ; Phemister, J. (1929). Sheet 23 Hamilton drift [superseded]. Drift ed. (Geological Survey of Scotland 1:63 360/1:50 000). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

British Geological Survey ; Peach, B.N. ; Clough, C.T. ; Hinxman, L.W. ; Anderson, E. M. ; Carruthers, R.G. ; Macgregor, M. ; Lightfoot, B. ; Dinham, C.H. ; Richey, J.E. ; Wilson, G.V. ; Grant Wilson, J.S. ; Read, H.H. ; Ross, G. ; MacGregor, A.G. ; Phemister, J. (1929 reprinted 1951). Sheet 23 Hamilton drift [superseded]. Drift ed. (Geological Survey of Scotland 1:63 360/1:50 000). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

British Geological Survey ; Peach, B.N. ; Clough, C.T. ; Hinxman, L.W. ; Anderson, E. M. ; Carruthers, R.G. ; Macgregor, M. ; Lightfoot, B. ; Dinham, C.H. ; Richey, J.E. ; Wilson, G.V. ; Grant Wilson, J.S. ; Read, H.H. ; Ross, G. ; MacGregor, A.G. ; Phemister, J. (1929). Sheet 23 Hamilton solid [superseded]. Solid ed. (Geological Survey of Scotland 1:63 360/1:50 000). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

British Geological Survey ; Peach, B.N. ; Clough, C.T. ; Hinxman, L.W. ; Anderson, E. M. ; Carruthers, R.G. ; Macgregor, M. ; Lightfoot, B. ; Dinham, C.H. ; Richey, J.E. ; Wilson, G.V. ; Grant Wilson, J.S. ; Read, H.H. ; Ross, G. ; MacGregor, A.G. ; Phemister, J. (1929 repr. 1951). Sheet 23 Hamilton solid [superseded]. Solid ed. (Geological Survey of Scotland 1:63 360/1:50 000). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

British Geological Survey ; Peach, B.N. ; Clough, C.T. ; Hinxman, L.W. ; Anderson, E. M. ; Carruthers, R.G. ; Macgregor, M. ; Lightfoot, B. ; Dinham, C.H. ; Richey, J.E. ; Wilson, G.V. ; Grant Wilson, J.S. ; Read, H.H. ; Ross, G. ; MacGregor, A.G. ; Phemister, J. (1929 repr. (2nd impr.) 1967). Sheet 23 Hamilton [superseded]. Solid ed. (Geological Survey of Scotland 1:63 360/1:50 000). Chessington : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

British Geological Survey ; Peach, B.N. ; Clough, C.T. ; Hinxman, L.W. ; Anderson, E. M. ; Carruthers, R.G. ; Macgregor, M. ; Lightfoot, B. ; Dinham, C.H. ; Richey, J.E. ; Wilson, G.V. ; Grant Wilson, J.S. ; Read, H.H. ; Ross, G. ; MacGregor, A.G. ; Phemister, J. (1929 repr. 1974). Sheet 23 Hamilton [superseded]. Solid ed. (Geological Survey of Scotland 1:63 360/1:50 000). Chessington : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

British Geological Survey ; Macgregor, M. ; Crampton, C. B. ; Bailey, E.B. ; Anderson, E. M. ; Carruthers, R.G. ; Wright, W.B. ; Maufe, H.B. ; Lightfoot, B. ; Grabham, G.W. ; Grant Wilson, J.S. ; Bosworth, T.O. (1924). Sheet 31 drift Airdrie. Drift ed. (Geological Survey of Scotland 1:63 360/1:50 000). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

British Geological Survey ; Macgregor, M. ; Crampton, C. B. ; Bailey, E.B. ; Anderson, E. M. ; Carruthers, R.G. ; Wright, W.B. ; Maufe, H.B. ; Lightfoot, B. ; Grabham, G.W. ; Grant Wilson, J.S. ; Bosworth, T.O. (1924 repr. 1952). Sheet 31 drift Airdrie [superseded]. Drift ed. (Geological Survey of Scotland 1:63 360/1:50 000). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

British Geological Survey ; Macgregor, M. ; Crampton, C. B. ; Bailey, E.B. ; Anderson, E. M. ; Carruthers, R.G. ; Wright, W.B. ; Maufe, H.B. ; Lightfoot, B. ; Grabham, G.W. ; Grant Wilson, J.S. ; Bosworth, T.O. (1924). Sheet 31 solid Airdrie. Solid ed. (Geological Survey of Scotland 1:63 360/1:50 000). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

British Geological Survey ; Macgregor, M. ; Crampton, C. B. ; Bailey, E.B. ; Anderson, E. M. ; Carruthers, R.G. ; Wright, W.B. ; Maufe, H.B. ; Lightfoot, B. ; Grabham, G.W. ; Grant Wilson, J.S. ; Bosworth, T.O. (1924 repr. 1952). Sheet 31 solid Airdrie. Solid ed. (Geological Survey of Scotland 1:63 360/1:50 000). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

British Geological Survey ; Macgregor, M. ; Crampton, C. B. ; Bailey, E.B. ; Anderson, E. M. ; Carruthers, R.G. ; Wright, W.B. ; Maufe, H.B. ; Lightfoot, B. ; Grabham, G.W. ; Grant Wilson, J.S. ; Bosworth, T.O. (1924 repr. (3rd impr.) 1969). Sheet 31 solid Airdrie [superseded]. Solid ed. (Geological Survey of Scotland 1:63 360/1:50 000). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

British Geological Survey ; Macgregor, M. ; Crampton, C. B. ; Bailey, E.B. ; Anderson, E. M. ; Carruthers, R.G. ; Wright, W.B. ; Maufe, H.B. ; Lightfoot, B. ; Grabham, G.W. ; Grant Wilson, J.S. ; Bosworth, T.O. (1924 repr. (3rd impression) 1969). Sheet 31 solid Airdrie [superseded]. Solid ed. (Geological Survey of Scotland 1:63 360/1:50 000). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Institute of Geological Sciences.

British Geological Survey ; Bailey, E.B. ; Clough, C.T. ; Anderson, E. M. ; Lee, G.W. ; Wilson, G.V. ; Richey, J.E. ; Lightfoot, B. ; Symes, R.G. ; Wright, W.B. ; Maufe, H.B. (1953). Sheet 44 Mull drift. Drift ed. (Geological Survey of Scotland 1:63 360/1:50 000). Chessington : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

British Geological Survey ; Bailey, E.B. ; Clough, C.T. ; Anderson, E. M. ; Lee, G.W. ; Wilson, G.V. ; Richey, J.E. ; Lightfoot, B. ; Symes, R.G. ; Wright, W.B. ; Maufe, H.B. (1953 repr. (2nd impr.) 1972). Sheet 44 Mull drift. Drift ed. (Geological Survey of Scotland 1:63 360/1:50 000). Chessington : Ordnance Survey for the Institute of Geological Sciences.

British Geological Survey ; Bailey, E.B. ; Clough, C.T. ; Anderson, E. M. ; Lee, G.W. ; Wilson, G.V. ; Richey, J.E. ; Lightfoot, B. ; Symes, R.G. ; Wright, W.B. ; Maufe, H.B. (1953 repr. 1974). Sheet 44 Mull drift. Drift ed.. (Geological Survey of Scotland 1:63 360/1:50 000). Chessington : Ordnance Survey for the Institute of Geological Sciences.

British Geological Survey ; Bailey, E.B. ; Clough, C.T. ; Anderson, E. M. ; Lee, G.W. ; Wilson, G.V. ; Richey, J.E. ; Lightfoot, B. ; Symes, R.G. ; Wright, W.B. ; Maufe, H.B. (1923 repr. 1959). Sheet 44 Mull solid. Solid ed. (Geological Survey of Scotland 1:63 360/1:50 000). Chessington : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

British Geological Survey ; Bailey, E.B. ; Clough, C.T. ; Anderson, E. M. ; Lee, G.W. ; Wilson, G.V. ; Richey, J.E. ; Lightfoot, B. ; Symes, R.G. ; Wright, W.B. ; Maufe, H.B. (1923 repr. (2nd impr.) 1967). Sheet 44 Mull solid. Solid ed. (Geological Survey of Scotland 1:63 360/1:50 000). Chessington : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

British Geological Survey ; Bailey, E.B. ; Clough, C.T. ; Anderson, E. M. ; Lee, G.W. ; Wilson, G.V. ; Richey, J.E. ; Lightfoot, B. ; Symes, R.G. ; Wright, W.B. ; Maufe, H.B. (1923 repr. (3rd impr.) 1973). Sheet 44 Mull solid. Solid ed. (Geological Survey of Scotland 1:63 360/1:50 000). Chessington : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

British Geological Survey ; Bailey, E.B. ; Clough, C.T. ; Anderson, E. M. ; Lee, G.W. ; Wilson, G.V. ; Richey, J.E. ; Lightfoot, B. ; Symes, R.G. ; Wright, W.B. ; Maufe, H.B. (1923). Sheet 44 Mull [solid]. [Solid ed.]. (Geological Survey of Scotland 1:63 360/1:50 000). Southampton : Ordnance Survey for the Geological Survey.

British Geological Survey ; Symes, R.G. ; Clough, C.T. ; Maufe, H.B. ; Bailey, E.B. ; Wright, W.B. ; Anderson, E. M. ; Lee, G.W. ; Lightfoot, B. ; Richey, J.E. ; Wilson, G.V. ; Rock, N.M.S. ; Stephenson, D. (1992). Sheet 44W and part of 44E Eastern Mull solid. Solid ed. (Geological Survey of Scotland 1:63 360/1:50 000). Keyworth : British Geological Survey.

External publications[edit]

Lightfoot, B. (1919). Ganister measures in the Sheffield district 1919. [S.l.] : [s.n.].