Edward Hull (geologist)

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Edward Hull FRS (21 May 1829 – 18 October 1917) was an Irish geologist and stratigrapher who held the position of Director of the Geological Survey of Ireland.[1][2] He was also a professor of geology in the Royal College of Science, Dublin. His dates are listed in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.


He was born in Antrim, Ireland, the eldest son of the Reverend J.D. Hull. He graduated B.A. from Trinity College, Dublin.

He joined the Geological Survey of Ireland and worked in Wales and on the Lancashire Coalfield. He worked for the Geological Survey of Scotland (1867-1868) and led an expedition to survey parts of Arabia Petraea and Palestine (1883). He became Director of the Irish branch of the Survey and retired in 1891. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in June 1867.[3] He was President of the Royal Geological Society of Ireland in 1873.[4]

His daughter Charlotte Ferguson-Davie became a noted physician. He died at his home in Notting Hill, London, aged 88.[1] Edward Hull's obituarist wrote of him, "He maintained the honour of a gentleman."[5]


  • The geology of the country around Wigan, H.M.S.O., London, 1860.
  • The geology of the country around Prescot, Lancashire, 2nd ed., H.M.S.O., 1865
  • The Triassic and Permian rocks of the midland counties of England, H.M.S.O., London, 1869.
  • The Physical Geology and Geography of Ireland, published by Edward Stranforth, London, 1878. revised, 2nd edition, 1891
  • Hull, Edward (1886). The Survey of Western Palestine: Memoir on the Physical Geology and Geography of Arabia Petraea. Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund.
  • Hull, Edward (1892). Volcanoes: Past and Present. London: Walter Scott, Ltd.
  • The Wallchart of World History[6] This book has been updated in the late 20th century and 21st century.[7][8][9]
  • The Coal-fields of Great Britain: Their History, Structure and Resources 1861, in which Hull mentions the coal fields of Arley, and in which he suggests that the Romans may have mined for coal.[10]
  • Geology of Belfast and the Lagan Valley: (One-Inch Geological Sheet 36) by H. E. Wilson and Edward Hull and Manning, P. I. and James Andrew Robbie.
  • Reminiscences of a Strenuous Life (his 1909 autobiography)[11] 2nd edition, 1910


Hull married in 1857 Mary Catherine Henrietta Cooke, daughter of Charles Turner Cooke, a surgeon in Cheltenham and his wife Catherine Bennett Cooke. They had a family of two sons and four daughters, who included Eleanor Hull and Charlotte Elizabeth Ferguson-Davie.[12][13][14] Another daughter, Alice, married in 1896 John Hill Twigg (1841–1917) of the Indian Civil Service.[15][16]


  1. ^ a b "Death of Professor Edward Hull". Northern Whig. 23 October 1917. p. 5. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  2. ^ "History of Science: Nature (February 3, 1870)". Retrieved 16 September 2006.
  3. ^ "Library and Archive Catalogue". Royal Society. Retrieved 23 November 2010.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Hull, Professor Edward". Who's Who. Vol. 59. 1907. pp. 892–893.
  5. ^ Cambridge journals: where this text is recorded Geological Magazine, n.s. decade 6, IV (1917), 553-5, at page 555.
  6. ^ British Library's Integrated Catalogue's record for the original version
  7. ^ Google Book Search entry for updated version
  8. ^ Exodus Books' review for the updated version
  9. ^ British Library's Integrated Catalogue's record for the updated version
  10. ^ Aldridge, Bill (April 2001). "Remarkable New Discoveries". The Wigan Archaeological Society's monthly newsletter No. 42. The Wigan Archaeological Society. Retrieved 18 February 2009.
  11. ^ "Review of Reminiscences of a Strenuous Life by Edward Hull". Nature. 83 (2118): 395–396. 2 June 1910.
  12. ^ Davies, Gordon L. Herries. "Hull, Edward". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/53969. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  13. ^ The Medical Times and Gazette0: A Journal of Medical Science, Literature, Criticism, and News. 1875. p. 244.
  14. ^ Kelly's Handbook to the Titled, Landed & Official Classes. Kelly's Directories. 1912. p. 1548.
  15. ^ Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles (1929–30). Armorial Families. 2 (7th ed.). London: Hurst & Blackett. p. 1978.
  16. ^ Jevons, William Stanley (24 November 1977). Papers and Correspondence of William Stanley Jevons: Volume V Correspondence, 1879–1882. Palgrave Macmillan UK. p. 50. ISBN 9781349030941. Retrieved 22 November 2017.

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