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1909 Born
1934 Geologist (Assistant Librarian)

Biographies and obituaries[edit]

Frederick Wolverson Cope Prabook entry.

Cope, Frederick Wolverston 2000 Geological Society Annnual report.

Frederick Wolverson Cope 30.7.1909 to 4.5.2000 North Staffordshire Group of the GA Bulletin no 54 July 2000 (with photograph portrait)


From the BGS Library catalogue:

Cope, F.W. The age of the Lower Carboniferous conglomerate at Lligwy Bay, Anglesey. Geological Journal 10(1) 1975 p.17-22.

Cope, F.W. (1999). Applied geology in the Potteries during the Second World War and the beginning of the re-mapping of the Potteries Coalfield : Potteries geology; reports memoir and maps of many colours edited by Colin S. Exley and David B. Thompson; North Staffordshire Group of the Geologists' Association of London 1998; p9-14. In: Exley, C.S. ; Thompson, D.B. ; Geologists' Association of London. North Staffordshire Group. Potteries' geology reports, memoirs and maps of many colours; the story of the mapping and publication of the technical reports (1992), geological maps (1994) and memoir (1998) of sheet 123, geology of the country around Stoke-on-Trent. Stoke-on-Trent : North Staffordshire Group of the Geologists' Association.

Cope, F.W. (1958). The area around Stoke-on-Trent. (Geologists' Association guide; no.08). Colchester : Benham & Co..

Cope, F.W. (1948). A boring in the millstone grit at Timbersbrook, near Congleton. Journal of the Manchester Geological Association Vol 2 pt/no 1 (1948) p 7-16 (1948) ; p 7-16.

Cope, F.W. (1945). The correlation of the Coal Measures of the Cheadle Coalfield, north Staffordshire. Transactions of the Institution of Mining Engineers Vol. 105 pt/no 2 (1945) p. 75-91, 98-102 (1945) ; p. 75-91, 98-102.

Cope, F.W. (1936). The Cyrtina septosa band in the Lower Carboniferous succession of north Derbyshire. (Summ Prog Geol Surv G B Mus Pract Geol s; 1934/2). London : HMSO.

Cope, F.W. (1940). Daviesiella llangollensis (Davidson) and related forms : morphology, biology and distribution. In: Journal of the Manchester Geological Association Vol 1 pt/no 4 (1940) p 199-231 (1940) ; p 199-231.

Cope, F.W. (1976). Geology explained in the Peak District. (Geology explained series; 36). Newton Abbot : David & Charles.

Wray, D.A. ; Cope, F.W. ; Jones, R.C.B. ; Tonks, L.H. (1948). The geology of Southport and Formby (with contributions by LH TONKS and RCB Jones) Explanation of sheets 74 and 83. (Memoir (Sheet) Geological Survey of GB (England & Wales) - New Series). London : HMSO.

Cope, F.W. ; Francis, E.A. The geology of the southern part of the Goyt Syncline, north Staffordshire: Leader Edward A. Francis, Sunday 6th July 1969. Mercian Geologistvol.3 No.4 ; Mercian Geologist 3(4) 1970 p415-418 ; p353-359.

Cope, F.W. An igneous dyke complex in the Carboniferous Limestone of north Derbyshire and its significance : Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society 51(3) 1997 p.245-250.

Cope, F.W. ; Blackburn, K.B. (1939). Oil occurrences in south-west Lancashire with a biological report by Kathleen B Blackburn. Bulletin of the Geological Survey of Great Britain no. 2 ; Bulletin of the Geological Survey of Great Britain no.2 1939 p.18-25 (1939) ; p.18-25.

Cope, F.W. ; Jackson, J.W. (1958). The Peak District, Derbyshire. 1st ed.. (Geologists' Association guide; no.26). Colchester : Benham & Co..

Cope, F.W. ; Jackson, J.W. ; Broadhurst, F.M. ; Downie, C. (1972). The Peak District, Derbyshire. 2nd (rev) ed. (Geologists' Association guide; no.26). Colchester : Benham & Co..

Cope, F.W. (1999). The Peak District, Derbyshire. 3rd (rev) ed. (Geologists' Association guide; no.26). London : Geologists' Association.

Hudson, R.G.S. ; Cope, F.W. ; Eden, R.A. ; Shirley, J. ; International Geological Congress (1948). Pennines. guide to excursion A.9 of the 18th IGC (1948).

Cope, F.W. Some stratigraphical breaks in the Dinantian massif facies in North Derbyshire. Mercian Geologistvol.4 No.2 ; Mercian Geologist 4(2) 1972 p143-148 ; p143-148.

Cope, F.W. (1941). Water supply from underground sources of Lake District, west Lancashire and Isle of Man (quarter-inch geological sheets 3, 5 and 6), part 3: Well-catalogues for new series one-inch sheets 74 (Southport), 75 (Preston), 83 (Formby) and 84 (Wigan). (Wartime pamphlet (Geological Survey of Great Britain); 17/3). London : Geological Survey and Museum.

BGS archives[edit]

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Frederick Wolverson Cope 30.7.1909 4.5.2000 North Staffordshire Group of the GA Bulletin no 54 July 2000[edit]

Obituary from North Staffordshire Group of the Geologists' Association Bulletin no 54 July 2000

Emeritus Professor F. Wolverson Cope, the founding Head of Keele's Geology Department, died at St. Bartholomew's Hospital on 4 May.

He was born on 30 July, 1909, at Macclesfield and attended the King's School there before moving to Manchester University, graduating with first-class Honours in 1931. After obtaining his MSc he was a Demonstrator at Bedford College, London, before joining the Geological Survey in 1934.

Cope's Survey work was mainly in Lancashire (where he discovered the Formby oil-field), Cheshire, Derbyshire and North Staffordshire, especially in the Carboniferous, and he augmented this with private research, earning the Geological Society's Daniel Pidgeon Fund (1937) and Murchison Fund (1948) and Manchester University's DSc (1946).

Appointed as Reader in Geology at the University College of North Staffordshire in 1950, he had to establish the Department, equipping it with both apparatus and specimens, and move it from Keele Hall and army huts into its present buildings in stages in 1954, 1957 and 1970.

He was promoted to Professor in 1953 and having had a broad education himself he enthusiastically supported the Keele 4-year course, including the Foundation Year and Subsidiary subjects. Moreover he believed in the unity of 'The Department' and provided the base from which his colleagues' research and teaching could prosper.

A member of the Geologists' Association since 1932, he was an early chairman of the North Staffs. Group and one of the earliest members of the Essex Group when he retired to Clacton-on-Sea in 1976. He toured Europe extensively in his caravan, always taking a keen interest in its geology and he published a paper on igneous rocks in the Peak District when he was 87 and revised guides to that area in 1998 and 1999.

Wolverson Cope married first during his Survey years, his wife, by whom he had a son and two daughters, dying in 1961, and secondly in 1962 to father another daughter.

He was awarded the Halstead Medal of the Geologists' Association this year and was to have received an Honorary DSc from Keele this summer.

A celebration of his life will be held at Keele later this year.