Elected: 1981
Discipline: Earth Sciences and Chemistry
Professor Brian John Bluck FRSE
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Brian Bluck was born on the 29th of August 1935 into a working class family living in Pyle, nr Bridgend, South Wales. Brian’s father was a miner and a rope-smith at Newlands Colliery, South Wales, and was a great influence on his early education. After studies at Bridgend County Grammar School and at Cardiff Technical College, he was initially attracted towards politics. However, growing up amongst the coal mines and the fossiliferous Carboniferous limestones of South Wales, Brian was drawn towards geology and he applied to University College, Swansea for a place in their Geology Department. After a “difficult” interview, he was accepted onto the geology course and graduated in 1958.