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William Whitaker (1836–1925) – geologist, bibliographer and a pioneer of British hydrogeology

William H. George
William H. George
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January 01, 2004


William Whitaker was employed by the Geological Survey from 1857 until 1896 and subsequently worked as a consultant until his death in 1925. This paper examines the background to the era in which he worked and why he merits detailed consideration. Whitaker’s personal life, career in the Geological Survey, contribution to learned societies and field clubs, work in retirement and his death are detailed. His contradictory personality, contribution to hydrogeology and his claim to the title of ‘father of English hydrogeology’ are assessed.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

200 Years of British Hydrogeology

J. D. Mather
J. D. Mather
University of London, UK
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Geological Society of London
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January 01, 2004




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