Elected: 1967
Discipline: Earth Sciences and Chemistry
Mr George Innes Lumsden FRSE
Innes Lumsden, former Director of the British Geological Survey died in Oxford on Tuesday 4 September 2012 aged 86 after a prolonged illness. Innes was born on 27 June, 1926 in Peterculter, Aberdeenshire, the only child of George Lumsden MM, a policeman, and his wife Margaret. His primary education was at schools in Ballater and Torphins and progressed to secondary education at Banchory Academy, where he became School Captain and achieved prizes in Science, Mathematics and History. Influenced by the Headmaster, Archibald Gullett, he took up a State Scholarship in Pure Physics at Aberdeen University, though he had also gained entry to the Meteorological Office as a trainee. He completed a BSc degree in Physics in 1947, but, influenced by the teaching of Professor T C Phemister and Dr T S Westoll he fell under the spell of Geology, won the Lyon Prize in Geology in 1947 and graduated with First Class Honours in Geology in 1949. Vacation employment with the Directorate of Opencast Coal Production convinced Innes that he wanted to be involved in the field of applied geology and so he turned down an invitation from Professor T N George to lecture at Glasgow University to take up an appointment as a geologist in the Geological Survey of Great Britain on 12 September 1949 and was posted to Edinburgh. Read more about Innes Lumsden