Henry Woodward (geologist)

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Henry Bolingbroke Woodward (24 November 1832 – 6 September 1921) was an English geologist. He was educated at Norwich School.[1]

He became assistant in the geological department of the British Museum in 1858, and in 1880 keeper of that department. He became FRS in 1873, LL.D (St Andrews) in 1878, president of the Geological Society of London (1894–1896). He was awarded the Murchison Medal in 1884 and Wollaston Medal in 1906.[1] Woodward was president of the Geologists' Association for the years 1873 and 1874, president of the Malacological Society in 1893–1895, president of the Museums Association for the year 1900,[2] and president of the Palaeontographical Society from 1895 (upon the death of incumbent president T. H. Huxley) to his own death in 1921.

He published a Monograph of the British Fossil Crustacea, Order Merostomata (Palaeontograph. Soc. 1866-1878); A Monograph of Carboniferous Trilobites (Pal. Soc. 1883-1884), and many articles in scientific journals.[3] He was editor of the Geological Magazine from its commencement in 1864 and sole editor from July 1865 until the end of 1918.[1] Woodward's collection of shells, manuscripts and casts of fossil vertebrates can be found in the archives of the Cambridge University Museum of Zoology.[4]

Henry's father, Samuel Woodward was a noted geologist and antiquary. Henry's brother Bernard Bolingbroke Woodward became a librarian and antiquary and his brother Samuel Pickworth Woodward became a professor of geology and natural history.


  1. ^ a b c "Obituary. Henry Woodward". The Geological Magazine. LVIII (XI): 481–484. Nov 1921. 
  2. ^ "WOODWARD, Henry". Who's Who, 59: p. 1932. 1907. 
  3. ^ Woodward, Henry — Biodiversity Heritage Library
  4. ^ "Cambridge University Museum of Zoology: Histories & Archives". Retrieved 22 March 2013.