Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Geological Ladies


Geological Ladies

A correspondent has brought the following articles from the Geol Soc to my attention - Thank You! 

To get the rest of this post click the second read more at the bottom of the page - there is a LOT MORE!

Free for a limited time Ladies with hammers – exploring a social paradox in early nineteenth-century Britain

By M. Kölbl-Ebert

In the early nineteenth century, long before the Geological Society of London opened its doors to female members, geology was a fashionable science in Britain. Numerous women collected fossils and minerals, and read or even wrote popular geology books. There was also a considerable number of female helpmates to renowned pioneers of geology, acting as secretaries, draughtswomen, curators and field more

Free for a limited time Understanding the Earth: the contribution of Marie Tharp

By Bettie Matheson Higgs

Marie Tharp worked all her life as a geoscientist, and for the most part for the recognition and benefit of her male colleagues. She was employed to assist researchers at Columbia University. Her male colleagues readily used her ingenuity and insights without giving her recognition. Marie tolerated this at first but eventually began to ask for recognition for her own more

Free for a limited time A pioneering geophysicist: Rosemary Hutton

By Bruce A. Hobbs and Alan G. Jones

Violet Rosemary Strachan Hutton (‘Rosemary’) graduated from St Andrews University in 1948 and a few years thereafter embarked upon a pioneering career in geophysics, a rare and challenging choice for a single woman at that time. Her impressive research career, starting in 1954, was largely devoted to the investigation of how geophysical methods, in particular electromagnetic techniques, could reveal the structure of the Earth's continental crust and upper more

Margaret Chorley Crosfield, FGS: the very first female Fellow of the Geological Society

By C. V. Burek

In May 1919 the first female Fellows of the Geological Society were elected and from then on attended meetings at the Society. The first person on the female fellows’ list was Margaret Chorley Crosfield. She was born in 1859 and died in 1952. She lived all her life in Reigate in Surrey. After studying and then leaving Cambridge, Margaret had sought to join the Geological Society of London for many years, in order to gain recognition of her research work, but also to attend meetings and use the more

Eileen Mary Lind Hendriks (1887–1978), whose meticulous research resolved the Paleozoic stratigraphy and structure of SW England

By John D. Mather and Jennifer A. Bennett

Hendriks was born in Birmingham, the only child of a prosperous middle-class family. Following the early death of her father she studied geology at Aberystwyth before moving to Belfast, with her widowed mother, as senior demonstrator in the Geology Department. She resigned after a year and subsequently tried unsuccessfully to obtain a permanent post as a geologist, including attempting to join what is now the British Geological more

Free for a limited time Women at the dawn of diamond discovery in Siberia or how two women discovered the Siberian diamond province

By Ekaterina S. Kiseeva and Rishat N. Yuzmukhametov

Exploration for diamonds in the Soviet Union started in the 1940s; however, it was not until the beginning of 1950s that the government acknowledged a strong need for locally mined diamonds. In this paper, based on publications from Russian literature, we recount a story of two female geologists, Larisa Popugaeva and Natalia more

Female medal and fund recipients of the Geological Society of London: a historical perspective

By Cynthia V. Burek

The Geological Society of London has historically awarded medals and funds to early career geologists and for career achievement recognition. Mid-career and outreach awards were later added as categories. This paper will concentrate on early recipients of funds and medal winners mainly during the nineteenth and twentieth more

Collecting women in geology: opening the international case of a Scottish ‘cabinétière’, Eliza Gordon Cumming (c. 1798–1842)

By Mary Orr

The double meanings of ‘case’ in the subtitle pinpoint the dual investigations of this chapter. It first puts the case for better understanding of women's contributions to ‘serious’ geology in international, as well as national, contexts by overtly collecting British women collectors in the field who contributed to French geological more

Female students of geology in Victorian Dublin

By Susan Hegarty

The science of geology began to thrive during the middle of the nineteenth century, with the expansion and consolidation of geological mapping of the Geological Survey of Great Britain and Ireland, and the foundation of geological societies across the islands of Britain and more

Open Access The role of women in the history and development of geology: an introduction

By C. V. Burek and B. Higgs

A conference held at the London Geological Society, Burlington House, London, on 28 November 2005, hosting over 70 participants, was the first to deal solely with the role that women played in the history and development of the science of geology. Sixteen papers were read and there were two poster more

The Role of Women in the History of Geology

Edited by C V Burek and B Higgs

Where were the women in Geology? This book is a first as it unravels the diverse roles women have played in the history and development of geology as a science predominantly in the UK, Ireland and Australia, and selectively in Germany, Russia and US. The volume covers the period from the late eighteenth century to the present day and shows how the roles that women have played changed with time. These included illustrators, museum collectors and curators, educationalists, researchers and geologists. Originally as wives, sisters or mothers many were assistants to their male relatives.

Coming soon! 
Celebrating 100 Years of Female Fellowship of the Geological Society: Discovering Forgotten Histories

Edited by C V Burek and B Higgs

This volume celebrates the centenary of the first female Fellows of the Geological Society London in 1919, by discovering and uncovering untold stories of pioneering women geoscientists not only from the UK but from across the world who have forwarded the science of geology through research, education or industry.   

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