Andrew Cunningham Scott

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Andrew Cunningham Scott
Born (1952-02-16)16 February 1952
Residence London, United Kingdom
Citizenship British
Fields Geology
Institutions Royal Holloway University
University of London
Alma mater Bedford College, London (B.Sc.)
Birkbeck College (Ph.D.)
Thesis Environmental Control of Westphalian Plant Assemblages from Northern Britain (1976)
Doctoral advisor William Gilbert Chaloner
Spouse Anne
Children 2

Andrew Cunningham Scott (born 16 February 1952) is a British geologist, and professor emeritus at Royal Holloway University of London.[1] He won the 2007 Gilbert H. Cady Award from the Geological Society of America for outstanding contributions to coal geology.[2] He is widely regarded an expert on wildfire and charcoal and has highlighted the role of fire in deep time. He also contributes as a palaeobotanist and science communicator.

Scott was educated at Cannon Lane Primary School, (Pinner); St. Martins School, Northwood; Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood; and the University of London, where he obtained a B.Sc. (Bedford College) and a Ph.D. (Birkbeck College) studying under William Gilbert Chaloner. His thesis concerned the palaeoecology of Carboniferous Coal Measure plants. After a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship at Trinity College, Dublin, he returned to England to take up a lectureship in Geology at Chelsea College, University of London. During this period, his research concentrated on the Lower Carboniferous floras of Scotland including those from the Pettycur Volcanics and the East Kirkton Quarry.

In 1985, the geology departments at Chelsea College and Bedford College merged to form a new department at Royal Holloway, University of London. He was awarded a personal chair in 1996, becoming Professor of Applied Palaeobotany.[3] During the 1990s, he worked on Drawings and Prints in the Royal Library that had been collected by Cassiano dal Pozzo.[3] These were part of a project undertaken by Federico Cesi and Francesco Stelluti, founders of the Accademia dei Linceii. His book on the drawing of fossil woods was launched by HRH Charles, Prince of Wales at Windsor Castle in 2005.

From 1998 to 2006, he was the Director of Science Communication. He was awarded a D.Sc. from the University of London for his published research. In 2003, he was made an Honorary Professor at Jilin University, Changchun, China. He was a visiting Professor at Yale University in 2006–7 and a visiting fellow at Berkeley College. During this period, his research concentrated on the occurrence of wildfire in deep time. He also became involved with the Pyrogeography research group at the University of California, Santa Barbara and published several important papers and a book on Fire on Earth.[4][5] In 2012 he became a distinguished research fellow and was awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship and became the Emeritus Professor of Geology in 2014.[6]

Scott has been involved in many radio broadcasts including In Our Time and was the subject of a BBC documentary about his research on coal for screenhouse productions and the Open University.[7] He has been in writing articles on geology stamps and has had a long-term collaboration with the artist Nick Shrewing working on geological stamp designs for a number of countries including the Solomon Islands, Barbados, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha.

Scott is the recipient of several awards including the Presidents Award of the Geological Society of London and the Gilbert H. Cady Award from the Geological Society of America.[2] He is also a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, Fellow of the Geological Society of America, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is a Chartered Geologist.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to his wife Anne and has a son and a daughter.

Selected publications[edit]


Scientific Papers[edit]


  1. ^ "Professor Andrew Cunningham Scott". Royal Holloway University of London. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Crelling, John C. "2007 Gilbert H. Cady Award". Geological Society of America. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Scott, Andrew Cunningham (Winter 2012). "OMT Academics - Andrew Scott" (PDF). Concordia. Merchant Taylors' School: 22. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Pyrogeography - fire's place in earth system science". National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. The Regents of the University of California. 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Fire on Earth: An Introduction". Wiley. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Awards made in 2012". Annual Review 2012 (PDF). Leverhulme Trust. 2013. p. 69. 
  7. ^ "Early Geology". In Our Time. BBC. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 

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