Alfred Harker M.A., LL.D., F.R.S.

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Alfred Harker. BGS image P731835.


Date Details
1859 Born February 19th at Hull.
1878 Entered St. Johns College, Cambridge as maths student. Became one of the first members of the Sedgwick Club.
1882 8th Wrangler in Maths Tripos. Became demonstrator and later lecturer in Geology at Cambridge.
1885 Elected Fellow of St. Johns.
Field work in North Wales: cleavage structure of slates; Ordovician igneous rocks. Results of later work embodied in Sedgwick Prize Essay 1888.
1889-1893 Vacations spent in Lake District with Marr. Papers on Shap Granite and on Carrick Fell Intrusions.
1895 Appointed Assistant Geologist on Geological Survey of Scotland 9th May. For 10 years engaged in investigating Skye and small islands.(Memoirs: “Tertiary large rocks of Skye” (1904); “Small Isles” (1908); “West central Skye” (with Clough 1904)).
1901 Promoted to Geologist.
1902 F.R.S.
1905 Resigned from Survey for extra teaching duties at Cambridge in new Sedgwick Museum, and charge of petrological section of museum.
1907 Murchison Medal. (Wollaston Fund 1896).
1916-1918 President Geological Society.
1922 Wollaston Medal.
1935 Royal Medal.
1939 Died 28th July.

Biographies and obituaries

Spencer, L.J. Obituary - Alfred Harker. Born 19th February 1859, died 28th July 1939. Mineralogical Magazine. v. 28 p.197-198. 1947

Flett, J.S. Obituary - Dr. Alfred Harker (Petrologist). Proceedings of the Geological Society in Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society. v. 96 p.lxix-lxxi. 1940

Rastall, R.H. Obituary - Alfred Harker (1859-1939). Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society. v. 24 p.73-75. 1939

Nature 144 1939 p. 316.

Geological Magazine (1917) p. 289.

Seward, Albert Charles and Tilley, Cecil Edgar. Alfred Harker, 1859—1939 Obituary notices of the Royal Society.

Emminent living geologists. Alfred Harker, ALA., LL.D. (McGill), F.R.S., President of the Geological Society of London 1916-17, Fellow of St. John’s College, and Lecturer in Petrology in the University of Cambridge. Geological Magazine, New Series, New Decade VI Volume IV. No. VII - JUly 1917. Public domain version on the Internet Archive. (with portrait)

The Eagle 51 1939 p. 273.


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