Alfred Harker M.A., LL.D., F.R.S.


1859 Born February 19th at Hull.
1878 Entered St. Johns College, Cambridge as maths student. Became one of the first members of the Sedgwick Club.
1882 8th Wrangler in Maths Tripos. Became demonstrator and later lecturer in Geology at Cambridge.
1885 Elected Fellow of St. Johns.
Field work in North Wales: cleavage structure of slates; Ordovician igneous rocks. Results of later work embodied in Sedgwick Prize Essay 1888.
1889 – 1893 Vacations spent in Lake District with Marr. Papers on Shap Granite and on Carrick Fell Intrusions.
1895 Appointed Assistant Geologist on Geological Survey of Scotland 9th May. For 10 years engaged in investigating Skye and small islands.(Memoirs: “Tertiary large rocks of Skye” (1904); “Small Isles” (1908); “West central Skye” (with Clough 1904)).
1901 Promoted to Geologist.
1902 F.R.S.
1905 Resigned from Survey for extra teaching duties at Cambridge in new Sedgwick Museum, and charge of petrological section of museum.
1907 Murchison Medal. (Wollaston Fund 1896).
1916 – 1918 President Geological Society.
1922 Wollaston Medal.
1935 Royal Medal.
1939 Died 28th July.


1917 List of writings: Geological Magazine (1917). pp292-4.
1909 Memoir: "Seaboard of Mid-Argyll" (1909).
1903 Memoir: "North Arran" (1903).
1910 Memoir "Glenelg" (1910).

Biographies and Obituaries

1947 Spencer, L.J. Obituary - Alfred Harker. Born 19th February 1859, died 28th July 1939. Mineralogical Magazine. v. 28 p.197-198. 1947
1940 Flett, J.S. Obituary - Dr. Alfred Harker (Petrologist). Proceedings of the Geological Society in Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society. v. 96 p.lxix-lxxi. 1940
1939 Rastall, R.H. Obituary - Alfred Harker (1859-1939). Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society. v. 24 p.73-75. 1939
1939 Nature 144 1939 p. 316.
1917 Geological Magazine (1917) p. 289.
Obituary notices of the Royal Society.
1939 The Eagle 51 1939 p. 273.