Francis Brian Awburn Welch

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Date Details
1903 Born
Cheltenham College
1924 1st Class Honours Bristol University
1927 PhD Bristol University
Research assistant to St Andrews University
1931–1936 Mapping in Dorset
1931 Geologist
1 March 1987 Died

Biographies and obituaries[edit]

Torrens, Hugh The long history of geological studies in Dorset confirms its World Heritage Coast status Hugh S Torrens, Professer Emeritus, Earth Sciences, Keele University. Open University Geological Society Journal Symposium Edition 2004 Canford School, Canford Magna, Wimborne Minster. (Contains paragraph on Welch, quoted below.)

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68 works listed in the BGS Library catalogue

BGS archives[edit]

Ref No Title Description
BCRA/201M/B/31 The Geological Structure of the Central Mendips. Typed report with 6 surveys (and spare copy)
GSM/GL/Ds/1 Correspondence: letters to S.C.A.Holmes, J.Howe, Kitchin, J. Pringle and F.B.A.Welch
GSM/GL/Wc F B A Welch
GSM/GX/Z/458 Welch, F B A
KCD/C/2/5 Limestones Consists of a report on rock samples submitted by F B A Welch (1-inch map sheets 250, 251, 263, 264, 280, 281) and notes on limeston classification

Francis Brian Awburn Welch[edit]

Quote from: Torrens, Hugh The long history of geological studies in Dorset confirms its World Heritage Coast status Hugh S Torrens, Professer Emeritus, Earth Sciences, Keele University. Open University Geological Society Journal Symposium Edition 2004 Canford School, Canford Magna, Wimborne Minster.

"The Geological Survey of the United Kingdom were busy in the 1930's re-mapping Dorset and one of those most involved was a Survey officer who has been completely forgotten. He is Dr.Francis Brian Auburn Welch (1903-1987) who after Cheltenham College and Bristol University (first class honours in geology 1924, Ph.D. 1927) went first as a research assistant to St Andrews University. He joined the BGS in 1931 and was sent to Dorset where his maps made between 1931 and 1936, whether as manuscript field slips at 1/2500 or the published one inch to a mile sheets, like that of Bridport Sheet 327, published in 1940, are miracles of geological map-making. As W.J. Arkell rightly wrote to P.C. Sylvester-Bradley on 9 October 1948 (when this last map was finally reprinted) "I have at last secured a copy of the Bridport Sheet. What a lovely bit of work" (Arkell archives, OUM - see Alton 2002). Welch died on 1 March 1987 in Cheltenham (Times 3 March 1987, 15)"