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The bicentenary of a pioneering account of the Geology of Cambridgeshire

last modified Feb 14, 2017 09:31 AM
The first account of the geology of Cambridgeshire was published 200 years ago. Written by the Reverend Professor John Hailstone FRS (1759-1847), the ‘Outline of the Geology of Cambridgeshire’ appeared in the third volume of the Transactions of the Geological Society of London.
The bicentenary of a pioneering account of the Geology of Cambridgeshire

Reverend Professor John Hailstone FRS ©Sedgwick Museum

The author was Sedgwick’s predecessor as Woodwardian Professor but today hardly anyone has heard of John Hailstone and he has been completely eclipsed by his eminent successor. However, to dismiss him ‘out of hand’ as a geologist is not entirely fair.

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