Clement Reid F.R.S., F.L.S., F.G.S., etc.

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1853 Born July 6th. Great-nephew of Michael Faraday. Love for science developed by attendance at lectures for children at the Royal Institution. Trained for business career.
1874 Joined Survey as Assistant Geologist. Worked under H.B. Woodward in south west England.
1876 Transferred to Norfolk, still under H.B. Woodward; began detailed study of Pliocene and Pleistocene including “Forest-bed” and “Contorted drifts” of the Norfolk coast.
1886 Murchison Fund.
1894 Promoted to Geologist.
1897 Bigsby Gold Medal.
1899 Elected F.R.S.
Published: Origin of British Flora.
1901 Promoted to District Geologist.
1911 Bolitho Gold Medal from Royal Society of Cornwall.
1913 Retired from Survey. Vice –President of Geological Society (1913-16).
1916 Died December 10th at Milford-on-sea.

Biographies and obituaries[edit]

Obituary - Clement Reid. Died 10th December 1917. Proceedings of the Geologists Association. v. 28 p.52-53. 1917

Harker, A. Obituary - Clement Reid. [In Anniversary Address.]. Proceedings of the Geological Society in Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society. v. 73 p.lxi-lxiv. 1917

Shepherd, T. Obituary - Clement Reid, F.R.S., F.L.S., F.G.S. (1853-1919). Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society. v. 19 p.420-422. 1921

Obituary - Clement Reid, F.R.S., F.L.S., F.G.S., etc. Born 6th July 1853, died 10th December 1916. Geologists Magazine. New Series. v. 4 p.47-48. 1917. DOI:

Geology of Yorkshire, Kendall and Wroot p. 613

Clement Reid — Wikipedia article

Preece, R.C. & Killeen, I.J., 1995. Edward Forbes (1815-1854) and Clement Reid (1853-1916): two generations of pioneering polymaths. Archives of Natural History, 22: 419-435


Memoir: Cromer (1882)

Memoir: Pliocene deposits (1890)

Study of fossil Characeae with J. Groves (Q.J.).

Pliocene floras of Dutch-Prussian border (1915).

The Preglacial fauna of Britain (1908)

Joint Memoir with Mrs. Reid: The fossil flora of Teqelen-sur-Meuse (1907)

Made special study of palaeontology and botany

Memoir: Newquay (1906)

Later worked in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Sussex, Hants, Isle of Wight, Dorset, Wiltshire, Cornwall and London area.

Memoir: Holderness (1885)

Memoir: Isle of Wight (2nd edition 1889) with Strahan

Memoir: Water supply of Sussex (1899) with Whitaker

Memoir: notes in Norwich (1881)

Memoir: Ringwood (1902)

Memoir: Southampton (1902)

Memoir: Chichester (1903)

Memoir: Dorchester (1899)

Memoir: Bognor (1897)

Memoir: Eastbourne (1898)

Memoir: Padstow and Camelford (1910)

Memoir: Tavistock (1911)

Memoir: Dartmoor (1912)

Contribution to: Salisbury (1903)

Contribution to: Mevagissey (1907)

Contribution to: LandsEnd (1907)

Contribution to: Newton Abbott (1913)

Contribution to: (1890); Eskdale (1885)

Contribution to: North Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire (1890)

Contribution to: Index to De la Beche’s Cornwall, Devon and West Somerset (1903).

BGS archives[edit]

Ref No Title Description
GSM/DR/Ge Archibald Geikie Geikie was born in 1835. He joined the Survey in 1855 and became Director for Scotland in 1867...
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/MG/C/9 Series of papers and files on specimen presentations and donations: Includes details on specific... Includes: Correspondence and minutes re presentation to Museum of flint implements from Northfleet; co-operation with British Museum in excavations at Swanscombe, Greenhithe and Crayford; correspondents include H.Dewey, G.Barrow, and C.Reid. [File: 101/10]