Thomas McKenny Hughes M.A., F.R.S.

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1832 Born at Aberystwyth. Son of Bishop of St. Asaph, brother of Bishop of Llandaff, grandson of Sir Thomas McKenny, Bart. Educated at Leamington and Llandovery Colleges and Trinity College, Cambridge (1853-7). Associate of Ray Club, and attended Sedgwicks’ le
1860 Appointed Secretary to C.T. Newton, Consul in Rome.
1861 Acting Consul in Rome.
Invitation from Murchison to join Geological Survey. Appointed Assistant Geologist. Work, mapping of chalk and limestone, Eocene in the Medway Valley and near Faversham and Sittingbourne. Results published in Whitaker’s Memoir on London Basin (1872).
1862 Elected F.G.S.
1865-1866 Work near Hertford and St. Albans. Described drift-gravels of “Lower Plain” and “Higher Plain”
1866 Transferred to Lake District (Aveline and Sedgwick).
1867 Published views in Silurian supporting Sedgwick’s (Geol. Magazine).
Results of field work in memoirs on “Kirkby Lonsdale and Kendal”(with Aveline and Tiddeman)(1872) and “Kendal, Sedbergh, Bowness and Tebay” (with Aveline)(1872).
M.A. degree.
Promoted to Geologist.
1873 Elected to Chair of Geology at Cambridge on death of Sedgwick.
1875 Elected President of Chester Society of Natural Science.
Also President of Kendal Literary and Scientific Society.
Continued field work chiefly in Wales.
1889 Elected F.R.S.
1890 “Life and Letters of Sedgwick” 2 volumes. (Clark and Hughes)
1891 Lyell Medal.
1904 Sedgwick Mueum opened.
1917 Died June 9th.

Biographies and obituaries

Obituary - Thomas McKenny Hughes. Born in 1832, died 9th June 1917. Proceedings of the Geologists Association. v. 29 p.108-108. 1918.

Obituary - Thomas McKenny Hughes, M.A., Trinity College, Cambridge; Professorial Fellow of Clare College, Woodwardian Professor of Geology; F.R.S., F.S.A., F.G.S., Chev.Ord.SS.Maur. Et Lazar.Ital; Corr.Memb.Soc.Geol.Belg.Soc.France, Germany, Italy, etc. G.

Obituary - Thomas McKenny Hughes (1832-1917). Mineralogical Magazine. v. 18 p.396. 1919.

Harker, A. Obituary - Thomas McKenny Hughes. [In Anniversary Address.]. Proceedings of the Geological Society in Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society. v. 74 p.lii-liv. 1918.

Geology of Yorkshire, Kendall and Wroot p. 3.

Geological Magazine (1906) p. 1.

Thomas McKenny Hughes — Wikipedia article.

Hughes, Thomas McKenny 1832 - 1917), geologist Dictionary of Welsh Biography.

Marr, J. Prof. T. Mckenny Hughes, F.R.S. Nature 99, 326–327 (1917).

Thomas McKenny Hughes - a hundred years ago Geoscientist online.

Fawcett, Jane. Hughes, Thomas McKenny (1832–1917) Dictionary of National Biography.


List of papers : Geological Magazine (1906) p.10-13

BGS archives

Other archives

The Papers of Professor Thomas McKenny Hughes Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge

Thomas McKenny Hughes: Personal and family papers Cambridge University Library