Cyril James Stubblefield

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Date Details
6.9.1901 Born
1924 Frst-class honours degree in geology Imperial College
1923 Diploma of Associateship of the Royal College of Science
1925 PhD University of London
1928 Geologist
1944 Fellow of the Royal Society
1947 Chief Palaeontologist
1953 Assistant Director in the Geological Survey and Museum, in charge not only of the Palaeontological Department, but also those of Petrography and Geophysics, the Museum and Library, the Southeast England Field Unit and the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland
1960 Director of the Geological Survey and Museum
1965 Knight Bachelor
23 10.1999 Died

Biographies and obituaries[edit]

Cyril James Stubblefield — Wikipedia article

Sabine Peter A. Stubblefield, Sir (Cyril) James (1901–1999) Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Whittington, H. B. Sir (Cyril) James Stubblefield. 6 September 1901-23 October 1999. Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society Vol. 47 (Nov., 2001), pp. 454-464

Whittington, H. B. Sir (Cyril) James Stubblefield. 6 September 1901-23 October 1999. Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society Vol. 47 (Nov., 2001), pp. 454-464 (JSTOR)

Cyril James Stubblefield - Wkizer article.

H. B. Whittington; Tam Dalyell (1999-11-04). Obituary: Sir James Stubblefield. The Independent.


154 works listed in the BGS Library catalogue

BGS archives[edit]

Ref No Title Description
BCRA/208Y/C/5 The Stratigraphy, Structure & Mineralization of the Greenhow Hill Mining Area. Pasted-up copy of Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society, C (3+4) 209-68
BCRA/208Y/C/6 Index to Dunhamand Stubblefield article. Typed detailed index
GSM/DR/Sb C J Stubblefield Cyril James Stubblefield was born on 6 September 1901in Cambridge. He studied geology at Imperial...
GSM/DR/Sb/3/17 Typescript and other material relating to Stubblefield's paper "Notes on some Early British... This was published in the Geological Magazine vol 66 (1929) pp 268-285
GSM/DR/Sb/3/18 Plates and explanations Three pages of plates of fossils and explanations (possibly from Brongniart, 1825). They have...
GSM/DR/Sb/4/2 Correspondence relating to "Handbook of the Geology of Great Britain" edited by JW Evans and C J... Includes correspondence from the publisher, Thomas Murby and from many of the contributors.
GSM/DR/Sb/4/3 Correspondence Stubblefield/Cobbold Correspondence between Stubblefield and E S Cobbold. Also includes draft of Cobbold's obituary...
GSM/DR/Sb/4/13 Correspondence, notes and drafts relating to "A Revision of the Fauna of the North Welsh...
GSM/DR/Sb/4/17 Correspondence between Stubblefield and W S Bisat
GSM/DR/Sb/4/18 Excursion Correspondence about the Geologists' Association's Summer Field meeting to South Shropshire...
GSM/DR/Sb/4/23 Societies Correspondence relating to Stubblefield's membership of various societies.
GSM/DR/Sb/5/2 Maps Topographical and geological maps used by Stubblefield in field work
GSM/DR/Sb/7/3 Photographs and letter 1) E.S.Cobbold at Watling House, Shropshire, c1930. 2) G Delepine and Sir Arthur Smith Woodward,...
GSM/DR/Sb/7/4 Photographs and letter 1) C D Sherborn, c1900 2) J L Begg, A Lamont and T MacTaggart at the starfish bed, Girvan, 1938...
GSM/DR/Sb/7/5 Home Guard Photographs Photographs of the GSM and LR Company of the 58th London Battalion. Includes Stubblefield and...
GSM/DR/Sb/8/11 Brundrett Committee: Stubblefield's papers on overseas geology and mining for the Committee
GSM/GL/Bm/1 Correspondence: letters to H.A.Allen, R.Crookall, J.S.Flett, J.A.Howe, F.L.Kitchin, W.F.P...
GSM/GL/Ct/4 Correspondence: letters to H.Allen, E.B.Bailey, Hester, Kitchin, Stubblefield, H.H.Thomas and others
GSM/GL/De/5 Correspondence: letters to C.H.Dinham, F.L.Kitchin, B.Smith, C.J.Stubblefield, H.A.Allen.
GSM/GL/Fw/1 Correspondence: leters to Dinham,Phemister, Pugh and Stubblefield.
GSM/GL/Wt/2 Correspondence: letters to T.Eastwood, J.S.Flett, E.M.Guppy, G.H.Mitchell, J.Pringle, C.J...
GSM/GX/Br/1 Letters to Kitchin, C P Chatwin, Dixon, Stubblefield and A J Butler and Dinham
GSM/GX/Cb/3 Correspondence: letters to C.J.Stubblefield re a joint visit to the Continent Five letters re proposed visits to Stockholm, Warsaw and other places.
PAL/A/C/3 Correspondence with C.J.Stubblefield, Secretary of the Pal.Soc. 31 letters from 18 correspondents.

Other archives[edit]

Portrait of Cyril James Stubblefield, President of the Geological Society, 1958-1960. Black and white photograph by Bassano Ltd, (1950s-1962). Geological Society of London ArchivesOther archives

Sir (Cyril) James Stubblefield (1901-1999), Palaeontologist and geologist National Portrait Gallery

Stubblefield, Cyril James (1901-1999), Knight, geologist 1914-1918: childhood corresp with soldiers on active service during the First World War. The National Archives. Held at the Imperial War Museum.

Cyril James Stubblefield[edit]

Extract from Wilson, H.E. Down to earth. In all directions: developments under Sir Henry's fourteen successors

Cyril James Stubblefield was the first Director save, perhaps, Teall and Strahan, who could be described as egalitarian. He knew all his staff, and their peccadillos, and was closely involved in the whole work of the Survey, even to checking the editing of their publications! It is probably true to say that Stubbie was known and respected by everyone in the organisation and he was the last Director who had control of the small traditional Geological Survey of Great Britain.

In 1963 a new field unit was created to cover work in North Wales, and in 1964 the first special merit promotion to Senior Principal Scientific Officer was awarded to R Casey, who, starting at the lowest grade of unqualified assistant, had become a world authority on the palaeontology of the Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary.

Apart from this special promotion and the creation of three new DG posts, two in specialist units, there had been little change in organisation since 1920. Times, however, were changing.

In 1965 D.S.I.R. was dissolved and replaced by a number of Research Councils (p.40). The Geological Survey found itself under the control of the new Natural Enviroment Research Council and, following the recommendations of the Brundrett Committee (p.146) was amalgamated with the Overseas Geological Surveys. The combined organization was renamed 'The Institute of Geological Sciences' on 26th March 1966.

To Stubblefield fell the difficult task, as first Director of the new organization, of effecting the marriage of two disparate and reluctant bodies and, simultaneously, coping with a new and uncertain Research Council. It is to his credit that the new grouping which evolved was as cohesive as it proved to be. When he retired at the end of 1966 it was the end of an era.