George Alexander Louis Lebour M.A., D.Sc., F.G.S.

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George Alexander Louis Lebour


Date Details
1847 Born February 17th at St. Omer in France, son of French parents.
1849 Brought to England. After leaving school, employed at a Mercantile House in the City but later entered Royal School of Mines.
1867 Obtained appointment with Geological Survey, sent to join Topley at Morpeth in Northumberland.
1873 Appointed Lecturer in Geology at Durham University College of Physical Science at Newcastle-on-Tyne, assisting Dr. David Page.
1874 Resigned from Survey.
1879 Became Professor of Geology on death of Page (post retained for the rest of his life). Took great part in developing the College and became Vice-Principal in 1902.
1904 Murchison Medal.
1918 Died February 7th at Corbridge.

Biographies and obituaries[edit]

Details Obituary - Professor George Alexander Louis Lebour, M.A., D.Sc., Vice-Principal of the Armstrong College, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Born 1847, died 7th February 1918. Geologists Magazine. New Series. v. 5 p.287-288. 1918

Harker, A. Obituary - George Alexander Louis Lebour. [In Anniversary Address.]. Proceedings of the Geological Society in Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society. v. 74 p.lvi-lvii. 1918

George Alexander Louis Lebour — Wikipedia article

Obituary: Prof. G. A. Lebour". Nature. 100 (2521). 21 February 1918.

Lebour, George Alexander Louis. Who's Who: 1405. 1918.


Lebour, G.A.L.. Hutton, W.. 1878. Catalogue of the Hutton collection of fossil plants including a synoptical list of the chief Carboniferous species not in the collection. - Newcastle upon Tyne: North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers -

Lebour, G.A.L.. Excursion to Northumberland August 2nd to 7th 1886 : sketch of the geology of Northumberland paper read before the Association on Friday, July 2, 1886: IN: Geologists' Association Supplementary and excursion papers, Vol.1, editor's guide The Association 23p -

Lebour, G.A.L.. [1905]. A history of the county of Durham: Pt 1 Geology. - London: Constable. - (Victoria history of the counties of England) -

Lindley, J.. Hutton, W.. Lebour, G.A.L.. 1877. Illustrations of fossil plants being an autotype reproduction of selected drawings. - London: Longmans [for] the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers

Topley, W.. Lebour, G.A.L.. British Association for the Advancement of Science. On the Whin Sill of Northumberland

Lebour, G.A.L.. 1878. Outlines of the geology of Northumberland. - : Sotheran

Lebour, G.A.L.. 1886. Outlines of the geology of Northumberland and Durham: 2nd ed. - Newcastle upon Tyne: Lambert

Author of over 100 papers in English and French periodicals mostly dealing with Carboniferous system, on geology of North England. Also a book on Geology of Northumberland and Durham and geological article in Victoria County History of Durham. Member of British Association committees on Underground temperatures, on conductivity of rocks, etc (work with Herschel). Joint author with Topley of paper on Whin Sill.

BGS archives[edit]

Ref No Title Description
GSM/DC/A/C/7/483,506 G A Lebour: Letter on his appointment.
GSM/DC/A/C/23/128 G A Lebour: Letter on his resignation.
GSM/DC/A/C/23/182 G A Lebour: Letter on documents held.
GSM/DC/A/C/23/182 H W Bristow: Letters on documents held by G A Lebour

Other archives[edit]

George Alexander Louis Lebour Papers Mss.B.L491 — American Philosophical Society Library

Lebour, George Alexander Louis (1847-1918), geologist — The National Archives