Guy Ellcock Pilgrim

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(Henry) Guy Ellcock Pilgrim (Stepney, Barbados, December 24, 1875 – Upton, then in Berkshire, September 15, 1943) was a British geologist and palaeontologist. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society and Superintendent of the Geological Survey of India, and made significant contributions to Cenozoic continental stratigraphy and vertebrate palaeontology.[1][2][3]


Pilgrim was born the son of Henry Ellcock Pilgrim and Beatrice Lucy Wrenford. After studies at the local Harrison College, he attended University College London where he received his Bachelor of Science in 1901 and Doctor of Science in 1908. He was appointed to the Geological Survey of India in 1902 and promoted to superintendent in 1920, a post he held until his retirement in 1930. He spent much of his retirement at the Department of Geology at the British Museum.[1]

Pilgrim explored the geology of Arabia and Persia. He was the first European to visit Trucial Oman and the first geologist to explore Bahrain Island where his discoveries lead to the present oil exploitations there.[1]


Title Year
The geology of the Persian gulf and adjoining portions of Persia and Arabia by Pilgrim 1908
The fossil Giraffidae of India 1911
Fossil mammals, India and Burma 1911
The vertebrate fauna of the Gaj series in the Bugti Hills and the Punjab 1912
Collected papers 1913
New Siwalik primates and their bearing on the question of the evolution of man and the anthropoidea 1915
The geology of parts of the Persian provinces of Fars, Kirman, and Laristan 1925
The Perissodactyla of the Eocene of Burma 1926
The fossil Suidae of India 1926
The fossil Carnivora of India 1927
Geological map of the Simla Hills 1927
A Sivapithecus palate and other primate fossils from India 1927
Catalogue of the Pontian Bovidae of Europe in the Department of Geology 1928
The structure and correlation of the Simla rocks 1928
The Artiodactyla of the Eocene of Burma 1928
Catalogue of the Pontian Carnivora of Europe in the Department of Geology by British Museum (Natural History). Dept. of Geology 1931
A fossil skunk from Samos 1933
Two new species of sheep-like antelope from the Miocene of Mongolia 1934
Correlation of ossiferous sections in the Upper Cenozoic of India 1934
Siwalik antelopes and oxen in the American Museum of Natural History 1937
The fossil Bovidae of India 1939
The screw-horned antelope of the European Upper Pliocaens and its systematic position 1939



  1. ^ a b c Lewis, G. E. (1944). "Obituary. Guy E. Pilgrim, 1875-1943". American Journal of Science. 242 (2): 105–6. doi:10.2475/ajs.242.2.105.
  2. ^ Forster-Cooper, C.; Hopwood, Arthur Tindell; Fermor, L. L. (1944). "Guy Ellcock Pilgrim 1875-1943". Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society. 4 (13): 577. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1944.0009. S2CID 140731655.
  3. ^ "Chrono-Biographical Sketch: Guy E. Pilgrim". Charles H. Smith. 2007. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Pilgrim, Guy Ellcock". OCLC Classify. Retrieved 1 June 2013.