William Whitaker


1836 Born May 4th in London. Educated at St. Albans Grammar School and University College London.
1855 B.A. Hons. In Chemistry.
Engaged as assistant in Geological Museum.
1857 Appointed to Geological Survey.
Worked with Hull, Polwhele and Bauerman in Oxfordshire and Berkshire, and the country near Brill, Buckinghamshire.
Later with Bristow in Berkshire and N. Hants.
1859 Elected F.G.S.
1863 Promoted to Geologist.
Took on original survey of London Basin.
Also whole of Essex and Suffolk and parts of West Norfolk and Cambridge.
1882 Appointed District Surveyor, stationed at Southampton. Surveyed parts of S. Hants. And superintended re-surveys in Bedford, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Northants, Oxford and Wiltshire.
Leading authority on water-supply and underground geology.
1885 Associate Institution of Civil Engineers. A.I.C.E.
1886 Murchison Medal.
1887 Elected F.R.S.
1896 Retired.
1898 – 1900 President of Geological Society.
1906 Prestwich Medal.
1923 Wollaston Medal.
1925 Died January 15th.
List of papers and geological Survey Publications see “Geological Magazine (1907), pp. 52-58).
Memoirs: “Memoir Geological Survey vol. IV London Basin” (1872); “London and parts Thames Valley, vols. I and II” (1889); “Guide to Geology of London” (1901); “Parts of Middlesex” (1864); “Ipswich etc” (1885); “East Essex” (1877); “Southwold and Suffolk Coast” (1887); “Halesworth and Harleston” (1887); “Parts of Berks. and Hant.” (1862) with Bristow; “Parts of Oxford and Berks.” (1861) with Hull; “N.W. Essex” (1878) with Penning, Dalton and Bennett; “Stowmarket” (1881) with Bennett and Blake; “Cambridge and Suffolk” (1891) with Woodward and Jukes-Browne; “Borders of the Wash” (1899) with Jukes-Browne; “Bury St. Edmonds” (1886) editors contribution; “Aldborough” (1886) editors contribution.
Water Supply Memoirs: “Bucks and Herts” (1921); “Cambridge, Hants. And Rutland” (1922); “Essex” (1916); “Kent” (1908); “Norfolk” (1921); “Suffolk” (1906); “Surrey” (1912); “Sussex” (1899); “Sussex (supplement)” (1911); “Berkshire” (1902); “Lincolnshire” (1904).

Biographies and Obituaries

1925 Evans, J.W. Obituary - William Whitaker, born in 1836, died 1925. [In Anniversary Address.]. Proceedings of the Geological Society in Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society. v. 81 p.lxi-lxii. 1925
1926 Obituary - William Whitaker. Born in 1836, died 15th January 1925. Proceedings of the Geologists Association. v. 37 p.231-235. 1926
1907 Geological Magazine (1907) p. 49
1925 Nature (1925) p. 129
1925 Geological Magazine (1925) p. 240
1925 Proceedings Royal Society (1925) p. ix.