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Stevenson Buchan (1907–1996): field geologist, hydrogeologist and administrator

D. A. Gray
D. A. Gray
46, Bonnersfield Lane, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 2LE, UK
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J. D. Mather
J. D. Mather
Department of Geology, Royal Holloway University of London Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX, UK
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January 01, 2004


Stevenson Buchan, a Scot educated at Aberdeen University, joined the Geological Survey of Great Britain in 1931. Assigned to the Southern District Unit he became involved in hydrogeology when he revised the 6-inch to the mile maps of Greater London. This led to the publication of a memoir on the water supply of the County of London in 1938. During the war he was involved in the search for water and coal. Appointed Head of a new Water Department when hostilities ceased he was given responsibility for overseeing the statutory obligations placed on the Survey by recent Water Acts. He developed around him a group of able colleagues creating the first groundwater research group of any size in the UK. Promoted to Assistant Director in 1960, he was very active internationally and in his role as an enabler and administrator played an important role in the development of hydrogeology in the UK.

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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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January 01, 2004




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