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Thomas John Jehu

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Thomas John Jehu FRSE FGS (19 February 1871 – 18 July 1943) was a British physician and geologist.[1] The Jehu-Campbell Fossil Collection at the University of Edinburgh was donated by Jehu in combination with Robert Campbell and is now the main component of their “Highland Border Series” of fossils. Many of the fossils come from the Aberfoyle area.[2]


He was born in Mill House, Llanfair Caereinion, Montgomeryshire, in Wales in 1871, the son of a miller,[1] John Jehu.[3] He was educated at Oswestry High School. He then studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh graduating MB ChB in 1893.

He did a further year of science gaining a further degree (BSc) then went to the University of Cambridge, where he gained a further MA in science. Despite gaining is doctorate as a physician (MD) he chose an academic life, first lecturing in geology at the University of St Andrews then moving to the University of Edinburgh in 1914.

In 1904 he unsuccessfully tried for the chair in geology at the University of Glasgow but lost to John Walter Gregory.[4] In 1905 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were James Geikie, Ben Peach, John Horne, and Ramsay Heatley Traquair. He won the Society’s Keith Prize for the period 1925-27 and served as their Vice President 1929-32.[5]

He served on a commission on coastal erosion in 1908.[1]

In 1914 he succeeded Professor James Geikie as professor of geology at the University of Edinburgh.[6] In 1932 he oversaw the transfer of his department from Old College to King's Buildings where it was thereafter housed in the Grant Institute due to its endowment by Sir Alexander Grant.[7]

He remained a professor until death in Edinburgh, on 18 July 1943, aged 72, when he was succeeded by Arthur Holmes.


In 1904 he married Annie Stewart.


  1. ^ a b c "Jehu, Thomas John (JH895TJ)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ "Jehu-Campbell Collection of "Highland Border Series" Fossils".
  3. ^ "Jehu, Thomas John". Who's Who: 1301. 1919.
  4. ^ The Life and Work of Prof J W Gregory FRS, Bernard E Leake
  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. ^ University of Edinburgh Journal 1967
  7. ^ "A History of the School of GeoSciences - The University of Edinburgh".

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