Hamish H. Johnston, 2019. "M. Forster Heddle: an intimate friendship", Aspects of the Life and Works of Archibald Geikie, J. Betterton, J. Craig, J. R. Mendum, R. Neller, J. Tanner
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A lifelong friendship began in 1852 between Archibald Geikie (1835–1924) and Matthew Forster Heddle (1828–97), the most eminent Scottish mineralogist of his day. This paper follows the two men from their birth, through their education and early employment, to their first meeting in Edinburgh. It then traces the progress of their complementary, but different, careers and recounts shared events in their professional and personal lives. It describes how the astute Geikie supported the clever but unworldly Heddle through his difficulties at the University of St Andrews and helped him achieve scientific recognition. It concludes by comparing and contrasting their personalities and approach to science and defining the nature of their enduring friendship.
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Sir Archibald Geikie (1835–1924) was one of the most distinguished and influential geologists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He was Director-General of the Geological Survey of Great Britain, President of the Geological Society of London, President of the British Association, Trustee of the British Museum and President of the Royal Society. He was also an accomplished writer, a masterful lecturer and a talented artist who published over 200 scientific papers, books and articles.
The papers in this volume examine aspects of Geikie’s life and works, including his family history, his personal and professional relationships, his art, and his contributions as a field geologist and administrator. Together, they provide a deeper understanding of his life, his career and his contribution to the development of Geology as a scientific discipline. Much of the research is based on primary sources, including previously unpublished manuscripts, donated in part by members of the family to the Haslemere Educational Museum, UK.