Aspects of the Life and Works of Archibald Geikie
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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 Much of the research is based on primary sources, including previously unpublished manuscripts, donated in part by members of the family to the Haslemere Educational Museum, UK.
The extensive archive of papers, illustrations, albums and specimens accumulated by Sir Archibald Geikie and held by the Haslemere Educational Museum is a rich resource for any appreciation of his professional life and achievements. This paper charts the history of the archive, highlights some of its particular treasures and discusses the key series of records it contains.