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A history of academic research on Foraminifera in the UK

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Malcolm B. Hart
Malcolm B. Hart
School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK
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John R. Haynes
John R. Haynes
5 Old Stables, Tanybwlch, Rhydyfelin, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 4PY, UK
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Richard J. Aldridge
Richard J. Aldridge
(Leicester University)
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Haydon W. Bailey
Haydon W. Bailey
(Network Stratigraphic Consulting Ltd)
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W. Roland Gehrels
W. Roland Gehrels
(Plymouth University)
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F. John Gregory
F. John Gregory
(PetroStrat Ltd)
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Alan R. Lord
Alan R. Lord
(Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut und Naturkundemuseum)
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John W. Murray
John W. Murray
(National Oceanographic Centre, University of Southampton)
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Paul N. Pearson
Paul N. Pearson
(Cardiff University)
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John E. Whittaker
John E. Whittaker
(Natural History Museum, London)
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Published:
January 01, 2013

Abstract

The academic study of foraminifera began as the pursuit of the ‘gentleman naturalist’ in the nineteenth century, only becoming a professional occupation with the employment of micropalaeontologists by the (British) Geological Survey. The formal training of micropalaeontologists in British universities (and polytechnics) really began in the 1940s (post-World War ll) and much of this history can be traced back to Alan Wood and the employment predictions of F. R. S. Henson. Wood, either directly or indirectly, began the teaching of micropalaeontology at Imperial College (London), Aberystwyth and University College (London), and these three centres went on to develop and nurture the expertise we see in a wide range of schools and departments today. The rise, and fall, of MSc and MRes courses in UK geoscience departments is described, as well as the wide range of locations at which PhD training and research is undertaken. Much of this history can be related to the development of oil exploration, in the North Sea Basin and worldwide, and the need for suitably qualified personnel.

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The Micropalaeontological Society, Special Publications

Landmarks in Foraminiferal Micropalaeontology: History and Development

A. J. Bowden
A. J. Bowden
National Museums Liverpool, UK
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F. J. Gregory
F. J. Gregory
PetroStrat Ltd, UK
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A. S. Henderson
A. S. Henderson
Robertson (UK) Ltd, UK
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Geological Society of London
Volume
6
ISBN electronic:
9781862396517
Publication date:
January 01, 2013

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