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COX , ARTHUR HUBERT ( 1884 - 1961 ), geologist ;

b. 2 Dec. 1884 in Birmingham , s. of Arthur James Cox and his wife Mary . He was educated at Edward VI Grammar School , Birmingham , and then at Birmingham University where he graduated B.Sc. in 1904 and M.Sc. 1905 , and subsequently gained the degrees of Ph.D. Strasburg and D.Sc. Birmingham . He was a F.G.S. and was awarded the Lyell Medal of the Geological Society in 1948 . He began his career as a lecturer in geology at U.C.W. , Aberystwyth in 1909 but went to King's College London the following year. He was a member of H.M. Geological Survey in 1917 but was appointed to the Chair of Geology at U.C.S.W. , Cardiff in 1918 where he remained until his retirement in 1949 . He worked on the geology of the Pembrokeshire coast and on Cader Idris , extending our knowledge of the volcanoes of the Ordovician Period , but he published most extensively on the geological structures of south Wales . He realised the potential economic importance of geological studies, e.g. research into the conditions of oil and mineral deposits , and his work on the incidence of silicosis was of particular significance. He played a leading role in the development of the National Museum of Wales .

He m. Florence Elizabeth Page in 1919 . He d. at Cardiff , 14 Feb. 1961 .

Sources:

  • Who was who? ;
  • The Times , 20.2.61 ;
  • Nature , 1961 .

Author:

Dr Brynley Francis Roberts, Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001