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Professor William Savage Boulton (18671954) 38th President


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W S Boulton has the distinction of being born in the year that the Society was formed.

After his early geological training, Boulton was made Assistant Lecturer and demonstrator to Professor Lapworth at Birmingham University in 1887 before moving to Cardiff as Professor in 1904.

In 1905 it was reported that he was thanked for his involvement in the organizing of events for the visit of the Prince of Wales, and in 1906 after a signficant landslide in the Rhymney valley, Professor Boulton provided a detailed description of the possible cause which was printed in the local newspaper

The Landslide, Evening Express 21st February 1906

The Landslide, Evening Express 21st February 1906

The Landslide, Evening Express 21st February 1906

The Landslide, Evening Express 21st February 1906

Full version of The Landslide, Evening Express 21st February 1906 is online at the NLW Scanned Newspaper archives

In due course the society visited to inspect the area themselves

Viewing The Landslide, Evening Express 14th May 1906

Viewing The Landslide, Evening Express 14th May 1906

In 1910 he was elected president of the society and was clear on the value of the seismograph which had been installed the prior year. The procurement of which is reported on the page for Principal E. H. Griffiths

Evening Express 28th October 1910

Evening Express 28th October 1910

He returned to Birmingham to succeed Lapworth when the latter retired in 1913. He does not seem to have retained a close involvement with the society past his leaving which presumably is why we do not have an obituary for him



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