Robert Wynn Jones, 2013. "Henry Bowman Brady (1835–1891): the man, the scientist and the scientific legacy", Landmarks in Foraminiferal Micropalaeontology: History and Development, A. J. Bowden, F. J. Gregory, A. S. Henderson
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A brief account is given of the life, scientific work and legacy of the foraminiferologist Henry Bowman Brady (1835–1891). Brady’s most enduring legacy is the ‘Report on the Foraminifera dredged by HMS Challenger’, published in 1884. Distribution data contained in the report enable the recognition of a range biogeographic provinces and of bathymetric zones. The biogeographic data and provinces are of considerable use in palaeobiogeographic-and palaeoclimatic-interpretation, for example in the Pleistocene–Holocene of the British Isles. The bathymetric data and zones are similarly of use in palaeobathymetric interpretation, for example in the Palaeogene of the North Sea. Brady himself appears to have been the first to apply bathymetric data in palaeobathymetric interpretation, on Fiji in 1888, and on Barbados in 1892. Some notes on the voyage of HMS Challenger are appended.
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This TMS Special Publication comprises a collection of 23 papers with an international authorship reflecting on landmarks in the history and development of Foraminiferal micropalaeontology. The volume is prefaced by an introductory overview that provides a brief and selected historical setting, as well as the intended aims of the book. Selected developments in Foraminiferal studies from a global perspective are presented from the time of Alcide d’Orbignyand the founding of the Paris MNHN collections in the mid-nineteenth century to the use of foraminifera in industry, other museum collections, palaeoceanography and environmental studies, regional studies from the Southern Hemisphere and the riseand fall of significant research schools. The book concludes with a chapter on the modelling of foraminifera. Landmarks in Foraminiferal Micropalaeontology: History and Development will be of particular interest to micropalaeontologists, other Earth scientists, historians of science, museum curators and the general reader with an interest in science.