George Alexander Louis Lebour M.A., D.Sc., F.G.S.


1847 Born February 17th at St. Omer in France, son of French parents.
1849 Brought to England. After leaving school, employed at a Mercantile House in the City but later entered Royal School of Mines.
1867 Obtained appointment with Geological Survey, sent to join Topley at Morpeth in Northumberland.
1873 Appointed Lecturer in Geology at Durham University College of Physical Science at Newcastle-on-Tyne, assisting Dr. David Page.
1874 Resigned from Survey.
1879 Became Professor of Geology on death of Page (post retained for the rest of his life). Took great part in developing the College and became Vice-Principal in 1902.
1904 Murchison Medal.
1918 Died February 7th at Corbridge.


Author of over 100 papers in English and French periodicals mostly dealing with Carboniferous system, on geology of North England. Also a book on Geology of Northumberland and Durham and geological article in Victoria County History of Durham. Member of British Association committees on Underground temperatures, on conductivity of rocks, etc (work with Herschel). Joint author with Topley of paper on Whin Sill.

Biographies and Obituaries

1918 Obituary - Professor George Alexander Louis Lebour, M.A., D.Sc., Vice-Principal of the Armstrong College, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Born 1847, died 7th February 1918. Geologists Magazine. New Series. v. 5 p.287-288. 1918
1918 Harker, A. Obituary - George Alexander Louis Lebour. [In Anniversary Address.]. Proceedings of the Geological Society in Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society. v. 74 p.lvi-lvii. 1918