Wilmot Hyde Bradley

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Wilmot Hyde Bradley, aka "Bill" Bradley (4 April 1899, New Haven, CT - 12 April 1979, Bangor, ME) was a co-founder (1943) and Chief of the Branch of Military Geology and Chief Geologist of the U.S. Geological Survey from 1944 to 1959.[1]

He was the son of Anna Miner Hyde and John Lucius Bradley. He attended college at the Sheffield Scientific School of Yale University and graduated from Yale in 1920 with a Ph.D. in geology, after switching from engineering and chemistry.

After two years as geologic aide to Julian D. Sears[2] of the U. S. Geological Survey, he was taken on by the Survey to work full-time on the Eocene Green River Formation because of its oil-shale potential.[3] As a result of his work there, the mineral "trisodium magnesium phosphate carbonate" was named Bradleyite in his honor.[4]

On the conclusion of his 48-year career with the Geological Survey in 1970, Bill and his wife retired to Pigeon Hill Bay, Maine, where he continued writing his results from years of research on the Green River Formations and Mud Lake.[which?]

Bill Bradley was buried at a tiny local graveyard situated on his property at Pigeon Hill Road, Bangor, Maine. On his gravestone, he had engraved in advance: "The Earth has music for those who listen" (William Shakespeare).


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