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HICKS , HENRY ( 1837 - 1899 ), physician and geologist ;

b. at S. Davids , 26 May 1837 , son of Thomas Hicks , surgeon , and Anne , daughter of William Griffiths , Carmarthen . He studied medicine at Guy's Hospital , London , and then practised at S. Davids ; there he met J. W. Salter , who was engaged in palaeontological work for the geological survey , and acquired a liking for geology . Although remaining in practice, eventually becoming head of a private asylum at Hendon , he is best known for his geological work and was, in turn, secretary ( 1890-2 ) and president ( 1896-8 ) of the Geological Society . He was awarded the society's Bigsby medal in 1883 and elected F.R.S. in 1885 . In addition to a few medical papers Hicks wrote over sixty on geological subjects, mainly relating to the older rocks on the S. Davids district and in the Scottish highlands , the bone caves of Ffynnon Beuno and Cae Gwyn , North Wales , and various glacial and post-glacial deposits. Much of his work was in controversial fields and he was a keen but considerate adversary. He m., 1864 , Mary , daughter of Arthur Richardson , vicar of S. Dogmells, Pembs. He d. 18 Nov. 1899 .

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London , 56, lviii-lix.

Author:

Frederick John North, O.B.E., D.Sc., F.G.S., F.S.A., F.M.A., (1889-1968), Cardiff

Published date: 1959