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Prof. Grenville A. J. Cole, F.R.S

Nature volume 113, pages 649650 (03 May 1924) | Download Citation



ON April 20, after several years of acute suffering, most patiently and cheerfully borne, died Grenville Arthur James Cole, professor of geology since 1890 in the Royal College of Science, Dublin, and since 1905 Director of the Geological Survey of Ireland. He was the son of J. J. Cole, architect to the London Stock Exchange and a pioneer in geological photography, was born in 1859, and educated at the City of London School under Abbott, and at the Royal School of Mines. He was trained in geology by Prof. Judd, and in 1880 was appointed to a demonstratorship created for him in the Geological Division of the Royal School of Mines, where he served until his appointment as professor in Dublin in 1890. In him, Prof. Judd found an active and able lieutenant in shaping and developing the practical laboratory course, the first established in Great Britain, which was made, and has since been maintained, as the characteristic feature of geological training at the conjoined School of Mines and College of Science. To such a course his most valuable contribution was perhaps his “Aids in Practical Geology,” first published in 1890, and afterwards improved and kept up-to-date.

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