Robert Lionel Sherlock

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Date Details
1868 Joined Survey.
1876 Resigned.
1875 Born
1903 Geologist
1922 Senior Geologist

Biographies and obituaries[edit]

[Anon.] Obituary - R.L. Sherlock. Born 26th August 1875, died 18th January 1948. Proceedings of the Geologists' Asociation v. 60 (1) 1949.

Dixon, E.E.L. Obituary - Robert Lionel Sherlock. Proceedings of the Geological Society in Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society v. 105 1949.

Butler, David R (2018) Man as a Geological Agent: An Account of His Actions on Inanimate Nature, by Robert Lionel Sherlock, 1922 Progress in Physical Geography: Earth and Environment, Volume: 42 issue: 4, page(s): 530-534 https://doi.org/10.1177/0309133318787999 (Researchgate)

Robert Lionel Sherlock 1875-1948. In Cooper A.H. Yorkshire geology as seen through the eyes of notable British Geological Survey geologists 1862-200046-67 in Myerscough, R and Wallace, V. Famous Geologists of Yorkshire. York. ISBN 978-1-906604-58-5. PDF on NORA

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200 works listed in the BGS Library catalogue

Author of: Sherlock, R L. 1922. Man as a geological agent, an account of his action on inanimate nature London: H. F. & G. Witherby, 1922. This book has been "rediscovered" and cited in current works on the Anthropocene.

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Robert Lionel Sherlock 1875-1948[edit]

Extract with permission of the author from: Cooper A.H. Yorkshire geology as seen through the eyes of notable British Geological Survey geologists 1862-200046-67 in Myerscough, R and Wallace, V. Famous Geologists of Yorkshire. York. ISBN 978-1-906604-58-5. PDF on NORA

Sherlock joined the survey as a geologist in 1903 coming straight from his education at the Royal College of Science, South Kensington. He worked with Fox-Strangways and Lamplugh, but found his forte studying strategic evaporitic minerals including rock salt and brine ((Sherlock, 1921)), gypsum and anhydrite ((Sherlock and Hollingworth, 1938)). He was also expert on the Permian strata that host many of the evaporites publishing a major correlation paper in 1926 and a world review in 1948 (Sherlock, 1926, 1948). He wrote an interesting book in 1922, way ahead of his time, entitled Man as a geological agent. In this he looked at how man had changed the landscape through excavation, mineral production and construction presenting figures to illustrate the impact of man on the environment (Sherlock, R L. 1922. Man as a geological agent. London: H F & G Witherby.); this is an early example of the importance of what some geologists are now calling the Anthropocene.