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 Duncan Hawley

Duncan Hawley (Chairperson and Acting Secretary)

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.

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Consuelo Sendino

Consuelo, originally from Madrid, Spain, has a significant background in collection digitisation and has worked at various institutions. Her education combines informatics and geology. She finished her PhD in 2008, when she moved to London and started to work for the Natural History Museum as curator of palaeoinvertebrates. She oversees the core Fossil Historical Collections, including those made by Sir Hans Sloane (the founder of the British Museum), Charles Koenig (first Keeper of the Department of Natural History and Modern Curiosities) and Thomas Pennat (an 18th century naturalist, antiquarian and collector) along with fossil bryozoans, sponges and worms. Although her main work includes specimen and collection research, she is particularly interested in the history of geology and the contribution made by women in science. She aims to highlight historical collections, built by women, that have since been forgotten.

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Gordon Chancellor

Gordon was born on a Thames sailing barge but grew up amongst the Palaeozoic rocks of Devon. He studied geology at University College Swansea, before jumping up to the Mesozoic with three years in Britain and overseas researching Cretaceous ammonite palaeobiogeography and a post-Doc at the Oxford University. From Oxford Gordon embarked on a varied career in museums and archives. He retired as Museum Development Officer for Cambridgeshire at the end of 2018. Gordon has pursued research on the work of Darwin and is an Associate Editor for the Darwin Online website. He has published on Darwin’s notes from the Beagle voyage and is currently researching Darwin’s scientific relationship with Charles Lyell and literary relationship with the novelist Elizabeth Gaskell.

 Peter Riches

Peter 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.

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Cindy Howells

After graduating from University of Wales, Cardiff, Cindy became a palaeontology curator at the National Museum of Wales in 1985, and she can’t quite believe that she has been there some 37 years. Her palaeontological interests are broad, but tend towards fossils of the Upper Palaeozoic, Mesozoic and Cainozoic. Recent dinosaurian and footprint finds in South Wales (Glamorgan) have meant she has had to get up to speed on these aspects, and has been involved in several related research papers, and exhibitions within the museum. She is a long-term committee member of the Geological Curators’ Group, and membership secretary since 2007. She also serves on the committees for the South Wales GA group and the South Wales RIGS group.

 Tim Carter

Tim 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 Lincoln

Peter 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.

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Jay Bosanquet

Jay is not a trained geologist, but became interested in the history of geology through study of an MA in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine at Durham University in 2005-7, when he wrote a dissertation on John Phillips and the Age of the Earth. He was a bookseller in Alnwick, Northumbria, and noted the increasing profusion of popular books on both history of science generally, and of geology in particular. He joined the History of Geology Group (HOGG) and found it to be a welcoming and friendly group, whose field trips and conferences have been a great inspiration. For ten years Jay edited the History of the Berwickshire Naturalists' Club, which includes geology in its scope.

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Andrew Hopkins

Following his graduation in Geology from Imperial College, Andrew has spent most of his career in the (largely fruitless) search for oil and gas on behalf of various companies. He has also lectured in Further Education colleges. He completed a part-time PhD on Namibian contourites and eventually left the oil industry to undertake an MSc in the History and Philosophy of Science, following which he joined a research project at the LSE looking at how narrative is employed in scientific practice. Andrew is currently an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at UCL. He is particularly interested in the history of ideas in geology, and in understanding how we reconstruct the past on the basis of the often meagre evidence available to us in the present.

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Anne Barrett MA, AIC, FIRMS

Anne is Imperial College Archivist & Corporate Records Manager. She has extensive experience in scientific archives and their management, enabling her to satisfy the diverse enquiries of internal and external users at Imperial College London, as well as engage in personal research. Externally, she works with national and international archival, records management and standards bodies. Her most recent publication is Women At Imperial College Past, Present and Future (2017, World Scientific), and she has contributed articles to Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Her ‘secret’ interest and joy lies in geology, stemming from childhood fossil hunting on the beaches of Charmouth to a current-day fascination with the intriguing geological formations of the Lake District fells.


Sarah Scott

Sarah is the Geological Society Science Committee representative attached to the HOGG Committee. She is a practising hydrogeologist and has been working at the Environment Agency for over 29 years. She is responsible for ensuring that we regulate activities in order to protect groundwater resources and quality - much of this is related to oil and gas industry activities. Sarah joined the Geological Society as a Fellow in 2005 and became Chartered in 2012. She serves on the Hydrogeological Group's committee, for the past three years as Treasurer. Her previous interest in the history of geology was ‘casual’ in the way of many working geologists but is now more informed by her attachment to the HOGG Committee.