BY the death of George William Lamplugh on October 9, British geology has lost one of its ablest exponents. Born at Driffield on April 8, 1859, he was educated at private schools, but spent the latter part of his boyhood at Bridlington., where the absorbing interest of the Yorkshire coast stimulated his natural bent for geology. Here arose a question, the answer to which was to determine the course of his future life. He had actually embarked upon a commercial career with geological work as a recreation. On one hand lay lucrative posts with the possibility of affluence; on the other, scientific research with a small competence. He considered the matter with characteristic deliberation; the possibility of affluence appealed to him not at all; he decided in favour of a life of research as soon as he was satisfied that the competence, if small, would suffice for his modest needs. In 1892 he joined the staff of the Geological Survey.