Edward Heron-Allen FRS (1861–1943)
Edward Heron-Allen, a lawyer by profession, was a true polymath with interests covering an extremely wide variety of topics. ‘The beauty and mystery of the foraminifera’, in particular, fascinated him and for nearly 50 years he worked on the group, for most of the time at the Natural History Museum, London, in an unpaid, unofficial capacity. During his scientific career, he published over 70 papers and obtained several fellowships, culminating in 1919 in his election to the Royal Society. Most of this work was undertaken with Arthur Earland (a senior Post Office official), until the collaboration sadly ended in acrimony in the early 1930s. He amassed a very fine collection of mostly recent species and probably one of the finest foraminiferal libraries and archives in the world, which he bequeathed to the Museum in 1926 (and subsequently). These are housed today in a room named in his honour and remain a great source of research potential.
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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.