Nancy Kirk was a protégée of O. T. Jones. Her early, unpublished, field studies in the Welsh Borders were an important foundation for some of the work on faunal distributions by Oxford workers in the 1960s and for regional studies by a group at Cambridge in the 1980s and 1990s. From the start, her graptolite work proved controversial but, for many people, enlivening. Interpretations (produced in conjunction with Denis Bates) based on detailed SEM examination, gave her an international reputation. As a teacher, she was noted for the care and effort that she put into stretching the minds of the brightest, while ensuring that even the weakest students had a chance. She was memorable for her dress sense (usually looking as if she had just come in from the field) and her sometimes colourful language.
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Where were the women in Geology? This book is a first as it unravels the diverse roles women have played in the history and development of geology as a science predominantly in the UK, Ireland and Australia, and selectively in Germany, Russia and US. The volume covers the period from the late eighteenth century to the present day and shows how the roles that women have played changed with time. These included illustrators, museum collectors and curators, educationalists, researchers and geologists. Originally as wives, sisters or mothers many were assistants to their male relatives. This book looks at all these forgotten women and for the first time historians and scientists together explore the contribution they made to this male-dominated subject. There are individual profiles on remarkable women: Catherine Raisin, Dorothea Bate, Cuvier's daughters, Grace Prestwich, Annie Greenly, Nancy Kirk, Margaret Crosfield, Ethel Skeat, Maria Ogivlie Gordon, Marie Stopes, Anne Phillips, Muriel Arber and Etheldred Bennett. Pulling together this extensive research uncovered common issues and generated emergent themes. The Editors have brought this new research together under these themes and tried to answer the question Where were the women in Geology? They go on to discuss how these role models can be applicable to today's society.