Robert F. Legget, 1982. "The Geological Society of America: Life History of a Learned Society", The Geological Society of America: Life History of a Learned Society, Edwin B. Eckel, Robert F. Legget
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“People will not look forward to posterity,” wrote Edmund Burke, “who do not look backward to their ancestors.” The Geological Society of America, as it approaches its centenary, will assuredly be looking forward, if not perhaps to posterity, most certainly to the challenge of its second century. This volume enables its members to look backward, to examine its foundations, to see how the Society has grown in stature and influence, to see how greatly the Society and so the science of geology have benefited by the munificence of R.A.F. Penrose, Jr. It is a fascinating record.
“The purpose of the Society is the promotion of the science of geology.” GSA consists of its members, its history, its traditions. Of itself the Society can do nothing to aid geological progress, but it serves the science through the assistance it gives to its members. First thoughts turn naturally to research grants and publications. The record of GSA in these fields has been notable indeed. The long row of bound volumes of the GSA Bulletin, to be seen on so many a library shelf around the world, provides an invaluable corpus of knowledge. Many a younger geologist has been helped along his way at the start of his career by a grant received from the Society. Important as these functions of the Society are, they are not unique. There are other geological publications, and there are other research-granting bodies. What is unique, however, are the regular meetings of the Society—the annual meetings. . .