Dr Beverly Bergman takes up the story of the ‘Nightingale Hospital’ that was mentioned briefly in the 2020 HOGG AGM talk on Brunel: the Geologist. This pioneering pre-fabricated building was designed by Brunel and shipped out to the Dardanelles. The talk will focus on the selection of the site for the hospital and the survey that was carried out by John Brunton, Brunel’s engineer on the project.
Geological drugs and prophylactics – discovering how knowledge of geology was used in the past to prevent disease and protect against ailments
Dr Chris Duffin will remind us that the avoidance of and protection against disease in the historical past, without the benefit of a modern understanding of pathogen transmission, physiology and public health, was an unreliable business. As a consequence the natural world was exploited for potential drugs and protective materials – amongst which are a surprising range of geological components.
Using original material and first-hand evidence from the field, Duncan Hawley will outline the origin one of the most iconic geological Periods, suggesting why Sir Roderick Murchison chose to view this particular location in the Wye valley as the site where he ‘discovered’ the Silurian.
The history of petroleum exploration: evolving technologies based on a handful of underlying principles.
The first geological principles explaining petroleum finds were established in the early 1900s in exploration on land. Petroleum exploration progressed when technologies enabled these first principles to be applied to ‘hidden’ prospects (e.g. offshore).
This lunchtime event, starting at 1pm, will comprise three 10-15 minute presentations about different aspects of William Buckland’s involvement in supporting the idea that a massive ice “nappe” had covered much of the northern hemisphere, postulated to the Geological Society by Louis Agassiz in1840.
HOGG online Meeting – Conference: The Geological Society’s Map: understanding George Bellas Greenough and his 1820 map project.
This online meeting is the re-scheduled Greenough map bicentenary event.