Herbert Harold Read

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Herbert Harold Read FRS,[1] FRSE, FGS, (17 December 1889, in Whitstable – 29 March 1970)[2][3] was a British geologist and Professor of Geology at Imperial College.[2] From 1947-1948 he was president of the Geological Society.[2]

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1939[2] & won its Royal Medal in 1963 for "outstanding contributions to the understanding of the processes of rock metamorphism and the origins of granite".[2][4] He also was awarded the Bigsby Medal, the Wollaston Medal and the Penrose Medal.[2]


"The best geologist is he who has seen the most rocks." (H. H. Read, 1940)[5]


  1. ^ Sutton, J. (1970). "Herbert Harold Read. 1889-1970". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 16: 479–497. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1970.0020. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". 2004. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/35696. 
  3. ^ ‘READ, Herbert Harold’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 accessed 1 March 2009
  4. ^ "Royal archive winners 1989 - 1950". Awards, medals and prize lectures. Royal Society. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  5. ^ Young, Davis A. (2003). Mind over magma: the story of igneous petrology. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press. p. 50. ISBN 0-691-10279-1.