Dr Jack Ineson collapsed and died on his way home from work on 3 June 1970. He had gained national and international recognition for his researches into many aspects of the occurrence, behaviour and development of ground-water, and his untimely death has cut short a most distinguished career.
Born in Otley in 1917, he was educated at Prince Henry's Grammar School which he left for Durham University intent on a theological career. He subsequently transferred to geology and graduated in 1939 before commissioned service in the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers. His unit was captured by the Japanese at Singapore and his health was affected permanently by the privation and hardship suffered during his imprisonment. After repatriation in 1945 he returned briefly to Durham before joining the Geological Survey in 1946.
Ineson spent one field season mapping the Cretaceous in Kent before transferring to the Water Department to assist in the administration and research required to implement those sections of the Water Act, 1945, for which the Geological Survey became responsible. His application of quantitative methods to the study of the physical characteristics of aquifers led to a paper on this subject in 1953. This was to be the precursor of almost 50 publications concerned with various aspects of the occurrence and flow of ground-water for which he took samples from overseas as well as from most of the principal aquifers in the United Kingdom. Of particular value were his contributions to the yield/drawdown relationship in individual wells and his development of