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Geologists' Biographies, D- H

Reginald Daly (1871–1957)
Canadian-born R.A. Daly made his mark in Canada and the United States as a leader in igneous petrology. A "rock star" profile from GSA Today.

James Dwight Dana (1813–1895)
This prominent American "mineralogist, zoologist, geologist, explorer" is given the "rock star" treatment in GSA Today.

Charles Darwin the Geologist (1809–1882)
A detailed look at the great thinker's field skills in the field, a "rock star" profile (PDF) by the Geological Society of America.

William Morris Davis (1850–1934)
Founder of geomorphology and the National Geographic Society, Davis is remembered on this site at Valparaiso University.

George Mercer Dawson (1849–1901)
This remarkable geologist, crippled by childhood disease, explored vast tracts of western Canada. Another GSA "rock star."

William Dawson (1820–1899)
The wide-ranging, pioneering geologist of Canada, a "rock star" profile (PDF) by the Geological Society of America.

Tom Dibblee (1911–2004)
A giant of California geology and the greatest geologic mapper of them all, his biography is on the Dibblee Geological Foundation site.

Tom Dibblee, My Science Hero
Harold Sullwold, a Senior Fellow of the GSA, built this page on the Science Heroes site, saying "Tom is my hero because he continued throughout his life the pursuit of his boyhood dream."

Robert S. Dietz (1914–1995)
A brilliant pioneer in plate tectonics and oceanography, Dietz is remembered at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography site.

Clarence Dutton (1841–1912)
This noted tectonicist, seismologist and explorer of volcanoes and the West is memorialized in GSA Today.

Jack Eddy (1931–2009)
The solar scientist who put the Maunder Minimum on the map reflected on his scientific life and times in this interview for the American Geophysical Union history section.

James Eights (1798–1882)
The first geologist to examine the rocks of the Antarctic left a scant legacy, but it's all collected on this tantalizing page prepared by Sam Bowser of Albany, New York.

Walter Elsasser (1904–1991)
The life of this seminal geophysicist, who fathered the geodynamo theory, is treated in exhaustive detail by the National Academy of Sciences.

K. O. Emery (1914–1998)
This pioneer of marine geology is given the "rock star" treatment from GSA Today (PDF).

Cesare Emiliani (1922–1995)
The founder of paleoceanography was also an extraordinary polymath, academic leader, and humanist. A biography on the Emiliania huxleyi Site.

W. Maurice Ewing (1906–1974)
A "driving force in marine geology," this influential researcher and leader is given a "rock star" profile (PDF) by the Geological Society of America.

Scott Forbush (1904–1984)
His meticulous data on cosmic rays were the foundation of solar-planetary space physics. This biography, written by James Van Allen, is on the National Academy of Sciences site.

Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790)
Franklin contributed to basic and applied geoscience with a selflessness all his own.

G. K. Gilbert (1843–1918)
A giant of American geology, a "rock star" profile (PDF) by the Geological Society of America.

Sam Goldich (1909–2000)
This influential geochemist is memorialized on the State University of New York at Stony Brook website.

Winifred Goldring (1888–1971)
This pioneering American paleontologist is profiled by the About Women's History Guide.

Maria Ogilvie Gordon (1864–1939)
First woman ever to earn a geology doctorate, Gordon is the subject of a long post on David Bressan's History of Geology blog.

Stephen Jay Gould (1942–2002)
The great expositor of evolutionary theory for our age doesn't yet have a decent online biography, but this appreciation in Salon is a good start. Don't miss the link to the interview, either.

Stephen Jay Gould Archive
Miguel Chavez of Yuba College created this unofficial site with much material on Gould and his writings.

Ronald Greeley (1939-2011)
Greeley was a significant contributor to planetary science for more than 40 years. Arizona State University posted this obituary; there's also a Facebook page.

Beno Gutenberg (1889–1960)
The greatest observational seismologist of them all, Gutenberg divided his career between Germany and America. A biography from the National Academy of Sciences.

Arnold Guyot (1807–1884)
This Swiss-born glaciologist and geographer is the eponym for the world's flat-topped seamounts. A biography by Alexander Leitch in "A Princeton Companion."

James Hall (1811–1898)
Hall was "North America's preeminent paleontologist and geologist of the nineteenth century," says Robert Dott in this memoir from the National Academy of Sciences.

Edmond Halley, Father of Geophysics
The great astronomer was also a great geophysicist.

Catalog of the Scientific Community: Edmond Halley
A systematic treatment by Richard Westfall with details on Halley's finances among much else.

Edmond Halley, Mathematician
The University of Saint Andrews in Scotland includes Halley among its set of great mathematicians. This account has intriguing detail about Halley's feud with Flamsteed, his predecessor as Astronomer Royal.

David Harker (1906–1991)
A life devoted to crystallography is recounted in the National Academy of Sciences biography.

Charles Frederick Hartt (1840–1878)
Canadian by birth, Hartt opened Brazil to systematic geologic exploration. A "rock star" profile from Geological Society of America.

Bernhard Haurwitz (1905–1986)
This German-born atmospheric physicist spent his long and productive career in North America. A biographical memoir from the National Academy of Sciences.

Harry Hess (1906–1969)
Father of seafloor spreading and a seminal tectonic thinker, a biography from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Arthur Holmes (1890–1965)
This deep and original thinker, with ideas on deep time and the deep Earth that were generations ahead of his peers, is treated by his biographer Cherry Lewis as a "rock star" in GSA Today.

Sherlock Holmes (1854–??)
From your About Geology Guide, an appreciation of the great detective as a model modern geoscientist.

Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859)
The greatest natural scientist of his time, the German baron made large contributions to New World and Asian geology, oceanic science, and stratigraphy. He named the Jurassic, among many other things. A biography by James Aber.

James Hutton (1726–1797)
The father of modern geology is thoroughly memorialized by a coalition of Scottish and British agencies.

Thomas Henry Huxley (1825–1895)
The great defender of evolution and early plankton researcher is introduced on the University of California Museum of Paleontology site.

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