George Barrow


1853 Born December 11th in London.
Educated at the Philological School conducted by Dr. Abbott. Turner Scholarship. Matriculated at 15. Elected Associate of King’s College.
1871 Became Private Secretary to Poulett Scrope. Recommended by him to Ramsay, then Director of Survey.
1876 Poulett Scrope died, and Barrow invited to fill vacancy on Survey staff.
1896 Geologist. First worked in E. Yorkshire; made important contributions to literature of Mesozoic rocks.
Through association with Allan Dick became interested in igneous and metamorphic rocks.
Worked at igneous and structural problems in the Eastern Highlands; the first to recognise and map zones of progressive metamorphism. Paper: “On an Intrusion of Muscovite - Biotite - Gneiss...” and others.
1900 Returned to England. Worked in the Cheadle and North Staffordshire Coalfield and later in the granitic and mining areas of Devon and Cornwall.
1909 District Geologist for London. Particularly interested in water-supply and in the construction and maintenance of tube railways.
1912 Bolitho Medal from Geological Society of Cornwall.
1913 Murchison Medal.
1915 Retired from Survey.
1932 Died July 23rd.

Biographies and Obituaries

1933 Obituary - George Barrow. [1853-1932]. Proceedings of the Geologists Association. v. 44 p.111-112. 1933
1933 Spencer, L.J. Obituary - George Barrow. Born in 1853, died 23rd July 1932. Mineralogical Magazine. v. 23 p.341. 1933
1933 Thomas, H.H. Obituary - George Barrow, born in 1853, died 1932. Proceedings of the Geological Society in Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society. v. 89 p.lxxxvii-lxxxix. 1933
1934 Wilcockson, W.H. Obituary - George Barrow, M.I.M.M., F.G.S. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society. v. 22 p.242-243. 1934