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Cecil Edgar Tilley

Prof Cecil Edgar Tilley FRS[1] HFRSE PGS (14 May 1894 – 24 January 1973) was an Australian-British petrologist and geologist.

LifeEdit

He was born in Unley, Adelaide, the youngest child of John Thomas Edward Tilley, a civil engineer from London, and his wife South Australia-born wife, Catherine Jane Nicholas.

Cecil was educated at Adelaide High School, then studied Chemistry and Geology under William Rowan Browne at the University of Adelaide, and the University of Sydney, graduating in 1915. In 1916, during the First World War, he went to South Queensferry near Edinburgh in Scotland to work as a chemist Department of Explosives Supply. He returned to Australia in December 1918.[2]

He won an Exhibition of 1851 scholarship to the University of Cambridge in 1919, where he studied Geology under Alfred Harker. From 1923 he was employed at Cambridge University, becoming Professor of Geology in 1931. Most of the remainder of his life was spent in England, though spent 1938-9 in Australia and visited regularly after the Second World War.

In 1929, while investigating a volcanic plug at Scawt Hill, near Larne, Northern Ireland for the Mineralogical Magazine he identified and named the new minerals larnite and scawtite.[3]

In 1931 he was appointed professor of Mineralogy and Petrology at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, a newly created department.[4]

In 1938 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and served as their Vice President 1949/50. He won the Society's Royal Medal in 1967.

From 1948 to 1951 he was President of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain. He was President of the Geological Society 1949/50. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1957.[5]

He died at home in Cambridge on 24 January 1973 aged 78, and his body was cremated.

FamilyEdit

In 1928 he married Irene Doris Marshall at Holy Trinity Church, Kingsway, London.[6]

They had one daughter.

PublicationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Deer, W. A.; Nockolds, S. R. (1974). "Cecil Edgar Tilley. 1894-1973". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 20: 381. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1974.0017.
  2. ^ Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.
  3. ^ "Scawt Hill". www.habitas.org.uk.
  4. ^ "Tilley, C. E. (Cecil Edgar) (1894-1973) - People and organisations". Trove.
  5. ^ Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.
  6. ^ http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/tilley-cecil-edgar-11863

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