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1836 Born May 4th in London. Educated at St. Albans Grammar School and University College London.
1855 B.A. Hons. In Chemistry.
Engaged as assistant in Geological Museum.
1857 Appointed to Geological Survey.
Worked with Hull, Polwhele and Bauerman in Oxfordshire and Berkshire, and the country near Brill, Buckinghamshire.
Later with Bristow in Berkshire and N. Hants.
1859 Elected F.G.S.
1863 Promoted to Geologist.
Took on original survey of London Basin.
Also whole of Essex and Suffolk and parts of West Norfolk and Cambridge.
1882 Appointed District Surveyor, stationed at Southampton. Surveyed parts of S. Hants. And superintended re-surveys in Bedford, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Northants, Oxford and Wiltshire.
Leading authority on water-supply and underground geology.
1885 Associate Institution of Civil Engineers. A.I.C.E.
1886 Murchison Medal.
1887 Elected F.R.S.
1896 Retired.
1898-1900 President of Geological Society.
1906 Prestwich Medal.
1923 Wollaston Medal.
1925 Died January 15th.

Biographies and obituaries[edit]

Evans, J.W. Obituary - William Whitaker, born in 1836, died 1925. [In Anniversary Address.]. Proceedings of the Geological Society in Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society. v. 81 p.lxi-lxii. 1925

Obituary - William Whitaker. Born in 1836, died 15th January 1925. Proceedings of the Geologists Association. v. 37 p.231-235. 1926

Geological Magazine (1907) p. 49

Strahan, A. Mr. W. Whitaker, F.R.S. Nature 115, 129–130 (1925). https://doi.org/10.1038/115129a0

Geological Magazine (1925) p. 240

Proceedings Royal Society (1925) p. ix.

William Whitaker (geologist) — Wikipedia article

George, W. (2008, January 03). Whitaker, William (1836–1925), geologist. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 29 Aug. 2020, from https://www.oxforddnb.com/view/10.1093/ref:odnb/9780198614128.001.0001/odnb-9780198614128-e-56929

George, William A. William Whitaker (1836–1925) — geologist, bibliographer and a pioneer of British hydrogeology. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 225, 51-65, 1 January 2004, https://doi.org/10.1144/GSL.SP.2004.225.01.05 Article of ResearchGate

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Whitaker (geologist) — PeoplePill entry

Noteworthy Naturalist William Whitaker (1836-1925) Pre-eminent Essex Geologist Essex Field Club

Publications[edit]

List of papers and geological Survey Publications see Geological Magazine (1907), pp. 52-58).

Memoirs:

Memoir Geological Survey vol. IV London Basin (1872)

London and parts Thames Valley, vols. I and II (1889)

Guide to Geology of London (1901)

Parts of Middlesex (1864)

Ipswich etc (1885)

East Essex (1877)

Southwold and Suffolk Coast (1887)

Halesworth and Harleston (1887)

Parts of Berks. and Hant. (1862) with Bristow

Parts of Oxford and Berks. (1861) with Hull

N.W. Essex (1878) with Penning, Dalton and Bennett

Stowmarket (1881) with Bennett and Blake

Cambridge and Suffolk (1891) with Woodward and Jukes-Browne

Borders of the Wash (1899) with Jukes-Browne

Bury St. Edmonds (1886) editors contribution

Aldborough (1886) editors contribution.

Water Supply Memoirs

Bucks and Herts (1921)

Cambridge, Hants. And Rutland (1922)

Essex (1916)Kent (1908)

Norfolk (1921)Suffolk (1906)

Surrey (1912)

Sussex (1899)

Sussex (supplement) (1911)

Berkshire (1902)

Lincolnshire (1904).

162 works listed in the BGS Library catalogue

BGS archives[edit]

Ref No Title Description
GSM/GL/Bw/29/244 Eyre & Spottiswoode: Letter on Whitaker's memoir.
GSM/GL/Cm/1 Reports of work for years 1887, 1894, 1896 and 1899 with notes and memoranda by W.Whitaker, 1889 and 1895
GSM/GL/Cm/3 Correspondence: letters to Mr Brown, Jukes-Browne, Rudler (about Fullers Earth), W.Topley, W.W.Watts, W.Whitaker(about the Bedford area) and H.B.Woodward.
GSM/GL/Jb/3 Correspondence with other geologists. Including: H.A.Allen, F.H.Hatch, F.L.Kitchin, G.W.Lamplugh, F.W.Rudler, Teall, W.W.Wattts, W.Whitaker and H.B.Woodward. Some letters to Jukes-Browne.
GSM/GL/Rd Clement Reid Clement Reid joined the Survey in 1874. He was the author of 'The Pliocene Deposits of Britain' in 1890, the first of the great Stratigraphical Memoirs planned by A.Geikie. Reid also produced a work on Cromer...? He was joint author (with W.Whitaker ) of 'The Water Supply of Sussex from Underground Sources' and a District Memoir on the Isle of Wight in 1889.
GSM/GL/Tp/3 Notes on the geology of the Weald: rough notes by W.Topley, F.Drew, C.Gould, W.Whitaker and others with a volume of notes by C le N.Foster.
GSM/GL/Us/2 Correspondence with other geologists inc. J.S.Flett, F.H.Hatch, Teall, W.Whitaker and H.B.Woodward. Some letters to Ussher.
GSM/GL/Wh William Whitaker Clement Reid joined the Survey in 1874. He was the author of 'The Pliocene Deposits of Britain' in 1890, the first of the great Stratigraphical Memoirs planned by A.Geikie. Reid also produced a work on Cromer...? He was joint author (with W.Whitaker ) of 'The Water Supply of Sussex from Underground Sources' and a District Memoir on the Isle of Wight in 1889.
GSM/GL/Wh/3 Notes on the geology of the country around Chatham and Faversham for one inch sheets 272 and 273 by T.McK Hughes and W.Whitaker.