John George Goodchild F.G.S.

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Timeline

Date Details
1844 Born May 26th near London.
1867 Joined Geological Survey. For some years worked in the north of England, particularly Lake District, then moved to Jermyn Street office.
1874 Wollaston Fund.
1887 Transferred to Scotland, in charge of survey collections in Royal Scottish Museum. 1889 Curator.
Later took charge also of Museum mineral collection, led to special study of mineralogy.
Edited Heddle’s “Scottish Mineralogy”.
Became widely known as lecturer in geology.
Contributed to papers (>200) on a variety of subjects to different societies).
1906 Died February 21st in Edinburgh.

Biographies and obituaries

Obituary - John George Goodchild (1844-1906). Mineralogical Magazine. v. 14 p.271-272. 1907

Obituary - John George Goodchild F.G.S. Born 26th May 1844, died 21st February 1906. Geologists Magazine. New Series. v. 3 p.189-190. 1906

Gregory, J.W. Obituary notice of John George Goodchild, born 26th May 1844, died 21st Feb. 1906. Transactions of the Edinburgh Geological Society. v. 9 p.331-350. 1909

Geikie, A. Obituary - John George Goodchild. [In Anniversary Address.]. Proceedings of the Geological Society in Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society. v. 63 p.lxv-lxvi. 1907

Hist. Geol. Society Glasgow (1908) p. 249

Geology of Yorkshire, Kendall and Wroot p. 437

Publications

Memoir: contributed to: Ingleborough (1888). Memoir: contributed to: Mallerstang (1891). Memoir: contributed to: Appleby (1897).

BGS archives

John George Goodchild, F.G.S.

From: History of the Geological Society of Glasgow 1858-1908. Edited by peter MacNair and Frederick Mort 1908. (Public Domain, copied from Internet Archive)

JOHN GEORGE GOODCHILD, F.G.S., was born near London in the year 1844, and was thus at the time of his death in his sixty-second year. He joined the English Geological Survey in 1867, and for a number of years was engaged in mapping areas in the North of England, and more especially in the Lake District.

From there he went to the headquarters of the Geological Survey at the offices in Jermyn Street, London, till, in 1887, he was transferred to the Scottish Survey, and came to Edinburgh, where he was placed in charge of the rock and mineral collections, accumulated by the officers of the Scottish staff, and deposited in a wing of the Royal Scottish Museum, then the Museum of Science and Art, Edinburgh, a post he was eminently qualified for.

In recent years he had also placed under his care the Scottish mineral collection belonging to the Museum, and this led him to devote much time to the special study of mineralogy, which he afterwards turned to account by editing the important work on Scottish mineralogy by the late Professor Heddle, which had been left, owing to its author's death, in an incomplete state. The preparation of this important work for publication, consisting, as it did, of between 400 and 500 royal 8vo pages of letterpress and over 100 plates, each containing a number of figures of crystals of Scottish minerals, involved an extraordinary amount of time and work on the editor's part, and even may have had something to do with affecting Mr. Goodchild's health.

But at no time could he be idle or unemployed, and if not at work in the Museum, he was teaching student classes, lecturing at the Heriot-Watt College or elsewhere on physical geography, geology, or paleontology, or acting as conductor of the excursions of the various scientific societies in Edinburgh and other places. In this latter connection many of our members must remember frequent pleasant days when the deceased gentleman led them over attractive geological fields, and opened out to them the abundant stores of his knowledge.

Besides all this work, with a wide range of mind and a facile pen, Mr. Goodchild contributed an extraordinary number of papers said to be over two hundred to the Transactions and Proceedings of various scientific societies in Scotland and England, including our own. In recognition of his labours in the geological world, the Geological Society of London awarded Mr. Goodchild the balance of the Wollaston Donation Fund in 1874.

His versatile gifts were further shown by his keen interest in other branches of science, his knowledge of botany and ornithology being considerable. All these varied qualifications made him a valuable conductor of field excursions and an exponent of geological problems among numerous scientific societies. His restless mental and bodily energy, reacting on a constitution never very robust, may be said to have shortened his career. Mr. Goodchild died in Edinburgh on the 21st February, 1906.