PROF. H. H. READ, who has just succeeded Prof. P. G. H. Boswell in the chair of geology at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, received his early training in the Royal College of Science under Prof. W. W. Watts. He was appointed to the Scottish branch of H.M. Geological Survey in 1914, but his career was almost immediately interrupted by the outbreak of the Great War. During 1914–17, he was absent on military service in Egypt, Gallipoli and France. In 1917 he was invalided out of the army and resumed work in Scotland, where he remained until 1931. During this period, Dr. Read spent much time in surveying in the central and northern Highlands, and in Shetland, and as a result developed a special interest in igneous and metamorphic geology. In 1929–30, he served as president of the Edinburgh Geological Society. In 1931, he resigned from the Geological Survey on appointment as George Herd-man professor of geology in the University of Liverpool. During the last twenty years, Prof. Read has published a number of important papers, mainly on problems connected with the igneous and metamorphic geology of the north of Scotland and Shetland; and in 1935 he was awarded the Bigsby Medal of the Geological Society of Condon for these researches. He has been chosen as president of Section C (Geology) for the meeting of the British Association in Dundee this year, an appointment which is peculiarly appropriate, in view of his interest in Scottish geology.
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Prof. H. H. Read. Nature 143, 109 (1939). https://doi.org/10.1038/143109c0