The Dennis Curry Collection at the Natural History Museum, London
Caroline Hensley, Lucy A. Muir, 2010. "The Dennis Curry Collection at the Natural History Museum, London", Micropalaeontology, Sedimentary Environments and Stratigraphy: a Tribute to Dennis Curry (1912–2001), John E. Whittaker, Malcolm B. Hart
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Dennis Curry was both a businessman and a geologist. He was Chairman of Currys for many years, a job that still allowed him to spend significant time on scientific research and fossil collecting. His achievements as a scientist were impressive, with more than 120 publications and various awards from the scientific community. His collection, containing in excess of 90000 molluscs, 700 micropalaeontological slides and other material, was donated to the Natural History Museum, London. The collection contains material from all over the world, but mostly from southern England and France. His family have made funds available to ensure proper curation of the collection. The material has been sorted, reboxed and organized, and is available to researchers.
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Micropalaeontology, Sedimentary Environments and Stratigraphy: a Tribute to Dennis Curry (1912–2001)
Dennis Curry was a remarkable polymath and philanthropist, leading a double-life as one of the UK's most gifted amateur geologists, whilst at the same time being an extremely successful businessman (as Managing Director of Currys Ltd). This Festschrift, authored by friends and specialists from Britain and France, pays tribute to his often seminal research as well as exhibiting the wide range of his geological interest. It contains 12 chapters and covers several differing aspects of micropalaeontology (pteropods, diatoms and especially foraminifera), Strontium Isotope Stratigraphy, Hampshire Basin stratigraphy and palaeogeography, as well as major contributions on English Channel sedimentology and the great faunal turnover affecting mammals at the Eocene-Oligocene boundary. A scientific appreciation of Dennis Curry, ‘the professional amateur’, with recollections of former colleagues at University College, London (where he was Visiting Professor), together with an assessment of the valuable collections he established and donated to The Natural History Museum, are also included. Copiously illustrated, this book is a must for all geologists.