Trevor D. Ford

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Trevor D. Ford, OBE was a British geologist, specialising in speleology, and an author. He was a Senior Lecturer in the Geology Department of the University of Leicester, and also Associate Dean of Science.

Ford has made a detailed study of Precambrian rocks and fossils, and was instrumental in the recognition of the Precambrian fossil Charnia masoni, discovered in Charnwood Forest by Roger Mason.[1]

He has written several popular introductions to Peak District geology, a definitive study of the local fluorite Blue John, as well as numerous cave guides. He served as the editor of Transactions of the British Cave Research Association, renamed Cave Science (later Cave & Karst Science), from 1973 until 1993.[2]

Ford was awarded the OBE in 1997 for services to geology and cave science.[3]

He was a Distinguished Life Vice President of the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society.

Dr Ford died on the 22 February 2017.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Ford TD. Rocks & Scenery of the Peak District, Landmark Publishing, 2002
  • Ford T. Sediments in Caves, BCRA Cave Studies Series 9, 2001
  • Ford TD. Derbyshire Blue John, Landmark Publishing, 2000
  • Ford T, Gunn J. Caves and Karst of the Peak District BCRA Cave Studies 3, 1992
  • Ford TD. Limestones and Caves of Wales, Cambridge University Press, 1989
  • Ford TD, Gill DW. Caves of Derbyshire, Dalesman, 1984
  • Ford TD, ed. Limestones and Caves of the Peak District, Geo-Books, 1977
  • Ford TD, Rieuwerts JH, eds. Lead Mining in the Peak District, Landmark Publishing for the Peak District Mines Historical Society, 1975
  • Ford TD (1958). Pre-Cambrian fossils from Charnwood Forest. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, 31: 211-217