HOS-Geology. History of Geology Collecting Initiative
The History of Geology Collecting Initiative consists of papers and correspondence of historians of geology, and other geology materials. Initial archives are now in processing, as follows: Martin J. S. Rudwick Archive (intellectual history of geohistory, Georges Cuvier, and Charles Lyell); Hugh S. Torrens Archive (Mary Anning, William Smith, mineral surveyors, geology and the British Industrial Revolution); Kenneth L. Taylor Archive (geology in the Enlightenment, French geology, and Nicolas Desmarest); Léo Laporte Archive (George Gaylord Simpson and paleontology, Charles Darwin); Alexander Ospovat (A. G. Werner and geology in 18th-century Germany); and David B. Kitts Archive (history of paleontology, philosophy of the historical sciences, and Charles Darwin).
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Scope and Contents Hugh S. Torrens, professor emeritus of Keele University, is a distinguished historian of geology. He has received, in recognition of a lifetime of achievement, three coveted prizes: the Sue Tyler Friedman Medal from the Geological Society of London; the Mary C. Rabbitt History of Geology Award from the Geological Society of America; and the Tikhomirov Medal from the International Union of Geological Sciences. His nearly 400 publications (listed at hugh.torrens.org and still growing) cluster around a common theme of the historical relations between industrialization and geology. Torrens’ passion has been to recover the voices of invisible and forgotten figures who may have left no books but whose labors led to major discoveries and achievements in geology, whether an iron worker in the English Industrial Revolution or a British mining engineer whose expertise was coveted around the world. Hugh reconstructs their lives and contributions from a signature on a machine, a debtor’s note, a...
Dates: circa 1600 - 2020