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Discussion Group: Eileen Hendricks, pioneering stratigrapher of Cornwall

21 October 2021
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Evening meeting
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Geological Society Events, Geological Society Discussion Group
University Women's Club, 2 Audley Square, London
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SPEAKER: Dr Jenny Bennett

LOCATION: University Women's Club, 2 Audley Square, London

TIME: opens 6.30pm, starts 7pm

Eileen Mary Lind Hendriks 1887-1978

Eileen Hendriks played a pivotal role in resolving the stratigraphy and structure of Devon and Cornwall, despite difficult family circumstances, the impact on her career of two world wars, financial problems, loneliness and the general apathy of the wider geological community.

Although regarded by some as an amateur, perhaps because she was unconnected with any institution, she was treated as the acknowledged authority by the young researchers who started to work in the South West after 1950. She is still remembered and respected for her painstaking work in an area which was apparently barren of fossils, causing the Geological Survey to revise a map and memoir less than 20 years after publication.

About the Speaker

Dr Jenny Bennett PhD FGS FHEA

Jenny discovered geology through the Open University whilst working in local government. After her degree she tutored part time in Earth Sciences at the OU for twenty years. She changed career and became a student again, completing a PhD at the University of Exeter on the evolution of the Exe valley in 2006. After that she continued to teach at both Exeter and the OU. At present she is Chair of the Devonshire Association’s Geology Section and is a past Chair of the Ussher Society. She continues with her interests in the evolution of rivers, the Quaternary Geology of Devon and Cornwall and the history of geology in the South West.


£60 for Discussions Group members

£67 for non- members


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