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Prof. J. W. Gregory

Nature volume 130, page 429 (17 September 1932) | Download Citation



FOLLOWING the obituary notice of Prof. J. W. Gregory by Sir John S. Flett (NATURE, June 25, p. 930) and the letter of appreciation by Prof. Bailey Willis (NATURE, Aug. 27, p. 310) we have just received a copy of an appreciation by Mr. F. Chapman, palæontologist to the Commonwealth of Australia, who was a lifelong friend of Prof. Gregory, published in the Melbourne Age for July 16. Much of Mr. Chapman's testimony is naturally concerned with Prof. Gregory's activities during the short period (1900—4) when he was professor of geology and mineralogy in the University of Melbourne. Victoria offered many fascinating geological problems ready to hand, and Prof. Gregory took advantage of these for a thorough training of his students in field work. One of his expeditions with a party of students to Central Australia resulted in his writing one of the finest geological essays, “The Dead Heart of Australia”.

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