Richard Foster Flint

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Richard Foster Flint (1 March 1902 - 6 June 1976) was an American geologist.


He was born in Chicago on 1 March 1902.

Flint graduated from the University of Chicago and earned his Ph.D. in geology at the University of California graduating in 1925. He then joined Yale as a member of the faculty, becoming a full professor in 1945.[1]

Flint was recognized for his leadership role in Quaternary period geology with extensive work on effects of glaciations in northeastern America.[1]

He also performed research in Washington State to understand the last ice age’s impact on the Northwest, gaining some notoriety for his opposition to the Missoula Floods hypothesis, which was posed by J Harlen Bretz. He presented a detailed and thoughtful argument against the possibility of catastrophic floods; a position which has subsequently fallen into disfavor based on a wide collection of evidence.[2]

He died on 6 June 1976 in New Haven, Connecticut.

Major publications include[edit]

  • Outlines of Physical Geology, 1941
  • Introduction to Geology, 1962
  • Radiocarbon measurements, 1967
  • Glacial Geology and the Pleistocene Epoch (Glacial and Pleistocene Geology), 1957
  • Glacial and Quaternary geology, 1971



  1. ^ a b "Richard Foster Flint". Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science. Archived from the original on June 23, 2010. Retrieved 26 November 2009.
  2. ^ Baker, Victor R. (Ed.); Nummedal, Dag (Ed.) (1978). The Channeled Scabland: A Guide to the Geomorphology of the Columbia Basin, Washington. Washington, D.C.: Planetary Geology Program, Office of Space Science, National Aeoronautics and Space Administration, Washington, D.C. pp. 173–177. ISBN 0-88192-590-X.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Preswich Medal Awardees Archived November 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine