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January 01, 2002


In March 1936, Phillips began fieldwork for his next project, ‘A fabric study of some Moine Schists and associated rocks’ (Phillips 1937b). This was based on a collection of ‘about 200 orientated specimens,144 with accompanying field data’ from an area lying mainly north of Glen Moriston and NW of Glen Mor (Glenmore-nan-Albin), the 97 km long depression which forms the ‘Great Glen’ of Scotland (Fig. 5.2). He completed the work amazingly quickly - in less than a year, he submitted the manuscript to the Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society. It was sent to Read (who was by then George Herdman Professor of Geology at the University of Liverpool, following his appointment in 1931) for review on 17 March 1937. It is almost certain that this manuscript also formed the basis for Phillips’ Sedgwick Prize submission. It was announced in the University Reporter of 2 March 1937 (G. Waller, pers. comm. 1998), that the prize had been jointly awarded to Phillips and to the geophysicist (Sir) Edward Crisp Bullard (1907-1980).145

Sander had already made a plea that ‘there ought not to be microtectonists and megatectonists working independently of each other, but rather one group of workers investigating the correlations between process in large and small units’ (Sander 1934, p. 37). For his part, Phillips (1937b, p. 584) stated that ‘any attempt to make fabric studies a substitute for fieldwork, rather than a valuable auxiliary in the course of the subsequent work in the laboratory, is thoroughly deplored’.

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Geological Society, London, Memoirs

The Life of Frank Coles Phillips (1902–1982) and the Structural Geology of the Moine Petrofabric Controversy

Richard J. Howarth
Richard J. Howarth
Department of Geological Sciences, University College London, UK
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Bernard E. Leake
Bernard E. Leake
Department of Earth Sciences, Cardiff University, Wales, UK
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