Notable Oxfordshire geologists
Local Notable Geologists
"Oxfordshire, as a place, is highly significant in the development of geology and the Earth sciences. The rocks, fossils and landforms have been studied by the likes of Plot, Philips, Baden-Powell, McKerrow, Buckland and Sweeting. Influential, early geologists like William Smith and Charles Lapworth were born and grew-up here."
Robert Plot (1640-1696)
Robert Plot’s Natural History of Oxfordshire, first published in 1677, contained descriptions and illustrations of a wide range of Oxfordshire fossils, rocks and minerals. It also included the first known illustration of a dinosaur bone, thought by Plot to be the bone of a giant.
Lawrence Wager (1904-1965)
Lawrence Rickard Wager, commonly known as Bill Wager was a British geologist, mountaineer and particularly celebrated for his work on the Skaergaard intrusion in Greenland, and for his attempt on Mount Everest in 1933. Bill Wager was the first president of Oxford Geology Group.
W. Stuart McKerrow (1922-2004)
W. Stuart McKerrow, known to many generations of Oxford geologists as “Mac” was a leading palaeoecologist and an early member of the Oxford Geology Group.