Royal Geological Society of Cornwall

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Royal Geological Society of Cornwall
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Formation 1814; 202 years ago (1814)
Type Scientific society
Headquarters Penzance, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Location
Official language
English
Website http://geologycornwall.com/

The Royal Geological Society of Cornwall is a geological society based in Penzance, Cornwall in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1814 to promote the study of the geology of Cornwall, and is the second oldest geological society in the world, after the Geological Society of London which was founded in 1807.[1][2]

History[edit]

The first President of the society was Davies Gilbert,[3] the first Secretary John Ayrton Paris,[4] and other notable members include Humphry Davy (some of whose papers are held by the Society),[5] and William Gregor, who discovered titanium.[6]

The society's first premises was a house in North Parade, Penzance and in 1853 the Borough of Penzance put forward plans for a new public building on the west side of Penzance. It was planned to have the Borough offices, county court and police station in the east wing, the two floors of the west wing housing the RGSC's museum and a public hall between the two run by a public company. The foundation stone was laid on 27 April 1864 and work was completed by Messr Olver & Sons of Falmouth and opened on 10 September 1867.[7] The building, known as St John's Hall, still exists although the west wing, will in October 2015, be the new Penzance library.

Notable people associated with the society[edit]

Bolitho Medal[edit]

The society awards the Bolitho Medal for notable achievement in geology.[10] The first award was made to Robert Etheridge in 1896. It was awarded in 1948 to Sir Arthur Russell, 6th Baronet.[11]

Past presidents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Camborne School of Mines Virtual Museum - The Cornubian Orefield
  2. ^ Mining schools and Institutes
  3. ^ a b Todd, A C (1964). "The Royal Geological Society of Cornwall". In K F G Hosking & G. J. Shrimpton. Present Views of Some Aspects of the Geology of Cornwall and Devon. Penzance: Royal Geological Society of Cornwall. p. 1. 
  4. ^ Paris, John Ayrton, M.D. (1785–1856), physician, by Norman Moore, Dictionary of National Biography, Published 1895
  5. ^ The National Archives | National Register of Archives | Search Results
  6. ^ G. C. Boase, ‘Gregor, William (1761–1817)’, rev. Anita McConnell, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Oct 2005 accessed 15 Nov 2007
  7. ^ Pool, P A S (1974). The History of the Town and Borough of Penzance. Penzance: Corporation of Penzance. 
  8. ^ Bristow, Colin M. "Joseph Henry Collins 1841-1916". Mineralogical Society. Retrieved 2008-12-14. 
  9. ^ "The Scientific Coastguardsman, Charles Peach, of Fowey". The Cornishman (46). 29 May 1879. p. 6. 
  10. ^ "William Bolitho Gold Medal Fund". Open Charities. Retrieved 2011-05-17. 
  11. ^ K F G Hosking & G J Shrimpton, ed. (1964). "The William Bolitho Gold Medal". Present Views of Some Aspects of the Geology of Cornwall and Devon. Penzance: Royal Geological Society of Cornwall. pp. iv. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j K F G Hosking & G J Shrimpton, ed. (1964). "Patrons and Presidents". Present Views of Some Aspects of the Geology of Cornwall and Devon. Penzance: Royal Geological Society of Cornwall. p. iii. 
  13. ^ "Royal Geological Society Of Cornwall. Annual Meeting". The Cornishman (69). 6 November 1879. p. 4. 

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