Searles Valentine Wood

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Searles Valentine Wood (February 14, 1798 – October 26, 1880) was an English palaeontologist.[1]


Wood went to sea in 1811 as a midshipman in the British East India Company's service, which he left in 1826. He then settled at Hasketon near Woodbridge, Suffolk.[1]

Wood devoted himself to a study of the mollusca of the Newer Tertiary (now Neogene) of Suffolk and Norfolk,[2] and the Older Tertiary (Eocene) of the Hampshire Basin. On the latter subject he published A Monograph of the Eocene Bivalves of England (1861–1871), issued by the Palaeontographical Society. His chief work was A Monograph of the Crag Mollusca (1848–1856), published by the same society, for which he was awarded the Wollaston medal in 1860 by the Geological Society of London; a supplement was issued by him in 1872-1874, a second in 1879, and a third (edited by his son) in 1882. He died at Martlesham, near Woodbridge.[1]

His son, Searles Valentine Wood (1830-1884), was for some years a solicitor at Woodbridge, but gave up the profession and devoted his energies to geology, studying especially the structure of the deposits of the crag and glacial drifts.[1]


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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Wood, Searles Valentine (1798-1880)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.