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Reports from University of Leicester Provide New Insights into Geology (Before the Scottish Survey: Alfred Harker the Geologist)

September 5, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Science Letter -- Research findings on Geology are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting originating in Leicester, United Kingdom, by NewsRx editors, the research stated, "The archival papers of the eminent petrologist Alfred Harker span his entire geological career of over 60 years. These are held by the Archive of the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences (University of Cambridge)."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of Leicester, "Harker was associated with the Department of Geology, the Woodwardian Museum and post-1904, the Sedgwick Memorial Museum. Importantly, his meticulously labelled notebooks provide an unprecedented insight into his development as a field and laboratory scientist. They chart Harker's beginnings as a fossil collector and observer of sedimentary stratigraphy on the North Yorkshire coast, his trips to Wales and Devon with the Sedgwick Club, and his later work in the English Lake District with his friend and colleague John. E. Marr. This paper examines in particular Harker's suite of 20 notebooks kept up until 1894, including his trip to Edinburgh in August 1892. This visit introduced the young scientist to the geology of Scotland for the first time."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "An overview of Harker's experience and contemporary contacts suggests some reasons why Sir Archibald Geikie later invited him to join the Scottish Survey staff in 1895."

For more information on this research see: Before the Scottish Survey: Alfred Harker the Geologist. Proceedings of the Geologists Association, 2014;125(3):350-358. Proceedings of the Geologists Association can be contacted at: Elsevier Sci Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, Oxon, England (see also Geology).

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting L.I. Anderson, University of Leicester, Sch Museum Studies, Leicester LE1 7RF, Leics, United Kingdom.

Keywords for this news article include: Europe, Geology, Leicester, United Kingdom

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