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HOS-Geology. History of Geology Collecting Initiative

 Record Group
Identifier: HOS-Geology
The History of Geology Collecting Initiative consists of papers, correspondence, and books of historians of geology, and other geology materials. Initial archives are now in processing, as follows: Martin J. S. Rudwick (intellectual history of geohistory, Georges Cuvier, and Charles Lyell); Hugh S. Torrens (Mary Anning, William Smith, mineral surveyors, geology and the British Industrial Revolution); Kenneth L. Taylor (geology in the Enlightenment, French geology, and Nicolas Desmarest); Léo Laporte (George Gaylord Simpson and paleontology, Charles Darwin); Alexander Ospovat (A. G. Werner and geology in 18th-century Germany); David B. Kitts (history of paleontology, philosophy of the historical sciences, and Charles Darwin); and an International Correspondence Archive (a collection of 19th-century letters mainly in geology and natural history).

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Hugh S. Torrens Archive

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: HOS-2021-001
Scope and Contents Hugh S. Torrens, professor emeritus of Keele University, has received three coveted prizes in recognition of a lifetime of achievement: the Sue Tyler Friedman Medal of the Geological Society of London; the Mary C. Rabbitt History of Geology Award of the Geological Society of America; and the Tikhomirov Medal of the International Union of Geological Sciences. Torrens’ 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. Torrens reconstructs their lives and contributions from a signature on a machine, a debtor’s note, a travel log, or a bill of...
Dates: circa 1600 - 2020

Léo F. Laporte Archive

 Collection
Identifier: HOS-2021-010
Scope and Contents

Main topics: George Gaylord Simpson and paleontology, Charles Darwin.

Laporte, a geologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz, produced the definitive biography of George Gaylord Simpson, whose work in paleontology provided a foundation for the early 20th-century Neo-Darwinian evolutionary synthesis. For this work, Laporte received the Mary C. Rabbitt Award from the Geological Society of America.

Dates: 20th century

Martin J. S. Rudwick Archive

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: HOS-2021-002
Scope and Contents Main topics: intellectual history of geohistory, Georges Cuvier, and Charles Lyell. Rudwick is a member of the British Academy and the Royal Society of London and has received numerous lifetime achievement awards including the Sarton Medal of the History of Science Society. In the history of geology, Rudwick has been honored with the Mary C. Rabbitt Award of the Geological Society of America, the Sue Tyler Friedman Medal of the Geological Society of London, the Prix Wegmann of the Societé Géologique de France, and the Tikhomirov Medal of the International Union of Geological Sciences.Rudwick is known for pioneering contributions to the history of geological mapping, visual illustrations, the social construction of geology, and the rise of geohistory. Rudwick’s numerous books and articles remain points of departure for current research. His last book, Earth’s Deep History, makes an ideal first read for anyone on the subject. His magnum opus is a...
Dates: circa 1900