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Professor Arthur Hubert Cox D.Sc., Ph.D., F.G.S. (1884-1961) 51st President

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Sadly we do not have an obituary for A H Cox, and I have found only scant information about him on-line. I have identified that he was educated at Edward VI Grammar School, Birmingham, and then at Birmingham University where he graduated B.Sc. in 1904 and M.Sc. 1905 , and subsequently gained the degrees of Ph.D. Strasburg and D.Sc. Birmingham

He began his Welsh career as a lecturer in geology at U.C.W. , Aberystwyth in 1909 but went to King's College London the following year. He was a member of H.M. Geological Survey in 1917 but was appointed to the Chair of Geology at University College of South Wales, Cardiff in 1918 where he remained until his retirement in 1949

He was a Fellow of and served on the Council of the Geological Society of London and was awarded funding from the Lyell find in 1917 and the Lyell Medal in 1948. As a recipient of the J. B. Tyrrell Fund from the Geological Society he spent several summers working in Canada.

Professor A. Hubert Cox was involved with organising the annual meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science of Cardiff in 1920 acting as Local Secretary of Section C (Geology) and wrote a section on the Geology of the Cardiff District for the accompanying handbook

Geology of the Cardiff District, British Association Handbook

Geology of the Cardiff District, British Association Handbook

He was made an Honorary member of the Geologists Association in 1937

He was a prodigious author on articles related to geological areas that he studies and his interests seem to have been wide ranging (as was more normal in those days vs the specialities that are more common today)

His work includes many field trip and area guides, but he also had a keen interest in Coalfield geology from early years such as his Notes on some South Staffordshire fire-clays and their behaviour on ignition in 1918. His continued concern with coalfield problems led him to a study of mine dusts and their relation to 'silicosis'. and to attempts to use electrical resistivity methods for the detection of water-filled areas in disused mines.

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