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Committee

Duncan HawleyDuncan Hawley (Chairperson)

Duncan first encountered the ‘greats’ of the heroic age of geology at school, He studied geology at UCL and recalls lectures featuring tales of early pioneers, and drawing rocks and fossils collected by Greenough in ‘practicals’. 

He has subsequently enjoyed a career as a geography and geoscience educator; working in schools, inspection services, fieldwork, teacher education and curriculum development. 

He is a past chair of the Earth Science Teachers’ Association and a Geographical Association Award winner.

Duncan has worked and published on the Old Red Sandstone and contributed to the BGS maps for Brecon, Talgarth and Hay-on-Wye. He has explored the work of geological pioneers in mid-Wales and traced the footsteps of Murchison to establish the site of ‘The first true Silurian’ in the Wye Valley.

He has a particular interest in the development of geological maps.


John HenryJohn Henry (Secretary)

Originally from Ontario, Canada, John came to Europe to study at ITC (Institute of Aerial Survey and Earth Sciences), Netherlands in 1972. He worked for Ove Arup and Partners, London, where he established the Air Photo Interpretation section. 

During his 30 years with Ove Arup, he travelled extensively, mainly in Africa and the Middle and Far East. In the UK, his work on ground conditions frequently involved historical research into mining, past industries and land reclamation, and strayed into archaeology.

In retirement, John combines geological consultancy services and his online business (Nineteenth Century Geological Maps), dealing in early geological maps, sections, figures and books and has written authoritatively on geological maps. 

He was Chair of HOGG 2011-2014.


Nina MorganNina Morgan

Following a DPhil in Geology from Oxford University and work as an exploration geologist/geophysicist in the oil industry for seven years Nina turned to writing about all branches of science and technology in a lively, interesting and relevant way for non-specialist audiences of all ages. 

She maintains a strong interest in geology, so leap at the chance to write about freelance science writing and editing in 1986. She is keen to use geology as a way of introducing science to non-scientists and has co-authored a book on gravestones.

Nina writes the monthly Distant Thunder column for Geoscientist which covers a wide range of historical topics. She served on the HOGG committee beginning in 2008 - 2011


Cherry LewisCherry Lewis

Cherry has an academic background in geology and geochemistry and for many years worked in the exploration side of the oil industry, but now her interests now lie in the history of geology. She is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol.

Cherry has written popular science books, ‘The Dating Game: One Man's Search for the Age of the Earth’ (2000) and) ‘The Enlightened Mr Parkinson’ (2017) which is a biography of James Parkinson (1755-1824) who gave his name to Parkinson's Disease. 

Cherry co-edited ‘The Making of the Geological Society of London’ SP 371 (2000) She has also researched the geological work of David Mushet (1772-1847) who, well known for his experiments on the manufacture of iron and steel, also demonstrated considerable geological expertise. Cherry was Chair of HOGG from 2004-2007.


Peter RichesPeter Riches

Peter is interested in the development and history of geology within and about Norfolk and Suffolk, particularly during the Nineteenth Century. He spent most of his career working in the oil and gas industry. He has an MSc in Quaternary Science and a PhD (Royal Holloway, University of London) for research on the Crags of East Anglia. 

He is a Fellow of the Geological Society, former Vice President of the Geologists’ Association and past editor of the Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association.


Cythia BurkeCynthia Burek

Cynthia is Professor of Geoconservation at the University of Chester. Her interests include many aspects of conservation, sustainable development, science communication and the history of geoconservation, the history of women in geology and the roles they have played.

In 2005 Cynthia organised the conference “The Role of Women in the History of Geology” and co-edited the subsequent Geological Society Special Publication, SP281 (2007). 

Her interest in the contribution of women to the development of geology continues as co-convenor of the 2019 conference celebrating the centenary of the first female Fellows of the Geological Society. This is Cynthia’s second term on the HOGG committee.


Tim CarterTim Carter

Tim is by background a medic, but one with a rather unusual career that has had a number of links to both geology and history. He fitted in one year of a geology course while a medical student and spent a summer as an assistant on a geological expedition to Spitsbergen.

Later he worked for the Health and Safety Executive, where he was concerned with health risks from mineral dusts such as asbestos and silica. For a while he managed field inspection services, including those for quarries. On leaving HSE, he spent a year funded by DIFD on Montserrat in the Caribbean, responsible for revising health care arrangements on an island with an erupting volcano and high ambient levels of silica dust.

Subsequently he has worked for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency as their medical adviser, but has found time to do a Master's course in maritime history and to write a book about merchant seamen's health. He has also studied the history of a range of occupational health risks, including a part-time pre-retirement PhD on anthrax in Edwardian Worcestershire. He has been a member of HOGG for around five years and enjoyed both conferences and field trips.


Peter LincolnPeter Lincoln

Peter retired from careers in shipbuilding and school science-teaching to pursue his interests in history of science. An MSc dissertation project on the foundation of Ipswich Museum lead to a fascination with the person and character of William Buckland, whose life and work now form the focus of his further studies.

Devoid of any geological knowledge, Peter has nevertheless enjoyed and benefited from attendance at HOGG meetings, and hopes to be able to make some small contribution to the group during his term on the committee.


Jill DarrellJill Darrell

Jill is a curator in the Earth Sciences Department of the Natural History Museum, London. She is responsible for the Cnidaria (corals, etc.) collections and the William Smith Collections of fossils and rocks. She has served on the HOGG committee previously.

Jill is one of the authors of the book ‘William Smith’s Fossils Reunited’ (2018), which links the illustrations in Smith’s publications ‘Strata Identified by Organized Fossils’ and ‘A Stratigraphical System of Organized Fossils’ with photographs of his original specimens.