William Alexander Deer

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William Alexander Deer FRS (1910–2009) was a British geologist.

He was an Honorary Fellow of St John's College and Trinity Hall Cambridge, Professor of Mineralogy and Petrology at the University of Cambridge from 1961, Master of Trinity Hall from 1966 to 1975, and Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University from 1971 to 1973.

He was an editor, along with Robert Andrew Howie and Jack Zussman, of the reference work Rock-Forming Minerals and the abridged version, An Introduction to the Rock-Forming Minerals. The mineral deerite (IMA 1964-016) was named in his honour.

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External links[edit]

  • "William Alexander Deer, 1910-2009". The Geological Society. Retrieved 2014-10-20. 
  • Obituary in The Times
  • Agrell S O, Bown M G, McKie D (1965). "Deerite, howieite, and zussmanite, three new minerals from the Franciscan of the Laytonville District, Mendicino Co., California". American Mineralogist 50: 278-278. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Ivor Jennings
Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge
1966-1975
Succeeded by
Theodore Morris Sugden
Preceded by
Owen Chadwick
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
1971–1973
Succeeded by
John Wilfrid Linnett