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William Henry Penning

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William Henry Penning (1838-1902), Fellow of the Geological Society.

1838 March 9th. Born

1902 April 20th. Died


1902 Obituary [1]

MR. PENNING, who joined the Geological Survey in 1867, had in previous years qualified as an engineer under the late C. H. Gregory. During his official service he was engaged in the survey of portions of Essex, Hertfordshire, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, and Lincolnshire, and he was joint author with Mr. Whitaker and others of "The Geology of the North-Western Part of Essex, etc." (1878), and with Mr. Jukes-Browne of "The Geology of the Neighbourhood of Cambridge" (1881). He also contributed to "The Geology of the Country around Lincoln" (1888), by Mr. Ussher and others, the memoir being published after he had retired from the Geological Survey in 1882 through ill-health. On this account he spent some time in South Africa, and, regaining health, he was enabled to communicate to the Geological Society of London papers on the high-level coalfields of South Africa, on the goldfields of Lydenburg and De Kaap, and on the geology of the Southern Transvaal. A previous communication by him dealt with the physical geology of East Anglia during the Glacial Period. Mr. Penning was author of a "Text-Book of Field Geology " (1876, second edition 1879) and of "Engineering Geology " (1880).


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