William Johnson Sollas M.A., LL.D.(Dublin), D.Sc., F.R.S., etc.

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1849 Born May 30th at Birmingham. Educated at City of London School, Royal School of Mines, and St. John’s, Cambridge (M.A).
1882 Fellow of St. John’s College, Cambridge.
1879-1883 Professor of Geology and Zoology, Bristol.
1883-1897 Professor of Geology and Mineralogy, Trinity College, Dublin.
1889 F.R.S.
1893-1897 Joined Survey (Irish branch ?).
1897 Resigned from Survey.
Appointed Professor of Geology and Palaeontology, Oxford.
1908-1909 President of Geological Society.
1936 Died. 20th October at Oxford.

Biographies and obituaries[edit]

Obituary - William Johnson Sollas. Born in 1849, died 26th October 1936. Proceedings of the Geologists Association. v. 48 p.110-112. 1937

Spencer, L.J. Obituary - William Johnson Sollas. Born 30th May 1849, died 20th October 1936. Mineralogical Magazine. v. 25 p.299. 1939

Garwood, E.J. Obituary - Professor William Johnson Sollas. Proceedings of the Geological Society in Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society. v. 93 p.cix-cxv. 1937

Oxford Magazine Novenber 5th, 1836, (K.S. Sandford)

Woodward, A. S.; Watts, W. W. (1938). "William Johnson Sollas. 1849-1936". Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society. 2 (6): 264. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1938.0007

Times (October 2nd, 1936)

Transactions Royal Society of Edinburgh, vol. LVI, part III, 1937. (J.S. Flett.)

Proceedings Geological Society of America 19. JSF.

Nature (1936) (W.W. Watts.)

William Johnson Sollas — Wikipedia article

Vincent, E.A. Sollas, William Johnson (1849–1936) The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. 2004. https://doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/36183.

Sollas, William Johnson (SLS870WJ). A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.

Early days (1876–1909. Bristol University.

Sollas, William Johnson Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006.

Sollas, William Johnson Encyclopedia.com article

Publications[edit]

Age of the Earth (1908) Rocks of Cape Coville Peninsula, New Zealand (2 vols.) (1905)

Ancient Hunters (1911) (3rd edition 1924)

Numerous papers – geological, mineralogical, zoological and anthropological.

Tetractimellida – 24th vol. Of Challenger reports.

[Newspaper cutting: A Dublin Scientific Investigator: the formation of coral islands (incudes a picture of Sollas) - held with the ms.]

Who’s Who (1929).

Works listed in the BGS Library catalogue

Sollas, W.J. (1911). Ancient hunters and their modern representatives. London : Macmillan and co., limited.

Sollas, W.J. (1889). Contributions to a knowledge of the granites of Leinster : Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy XXIX (XIV) 1891. In: Franco, P. I massi rigettati dal Monte di Somma detti lava a breccia: memoria. Napoli : Tip della Reale Accademia delle Scienze Fisiche e Mathematiche. p427-514.

Sollas, W.J. ; British Association for the Advancement of Science (1900). Evolutional geology [Presidential address] : Report of the Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science for 1900 (70th), 1900 p.711--730. Report of the Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science ; 1900 - Bradford ; p.711-730.

Sollas, W.J. ; Cole, G.A.J. (1893). Excursion to the counties of Dublin and Wicklow. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association Vol. 13 pt/no 5 (1893) p. 168-177 (1893) ; p. 168-177.

Suess, E. ; Sollas, H.B.C. ; Sollas, W.J. (1904). The face of the earth = Das Antilitz der Erde. Oxford : Clarendon Press.

Sollas, W.J. ; British Association for the Advancement of Science (1900). On a possible coalfield in the London Basin [abstract] : Report of the Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science for 1900 (70th) Trans Section C p.739-740. Report of the Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science ; 1900 - Bradford ; p.739-740.

Praeger, L. ; Sollas, W.J. ; Royal Dublin Society. Report of the committee consisting of Professor W.J. Sollas...appointed by the Royal Dublin Society to investigate the recent bog-flow in Kerry : REPRINT FROM: Scientific Proceedings of the Royal Dublin Society vol. VIII (N.S.) Part V., No.57 1897.

Sollas, W.J. ; McKay, A. (1905). The rocks of Cape Colville Peninsula, Auckland, New Zealand. Wellington, N.Z. : John MacKay.

BGS archives[edit]

Ref No Title Description
GSM/DR/Ft/A/2 Correspondence on range of issues: letters to Bromehead, C.Davidson, H.Dewey, Fairley, A.Geikie...
GSM/GX/Bn/1 Correspondence to other geologists inc. Flett and Sollas.