Smith Woodward Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Letters written to Smith Woodward, and related papers.

Administrative / Biographical History

Arthur Smith Woodward was born in Macclesfield on 23 May 1864, and was educated in Macclesfield and at Owens College Manchester. He entered the British Museum in 1882, became Assistant Keeper of Geology in 1892, and was Keeper of the Geological Department from 1901 to 1924. He became occupied with researches into extinct vertebrata, especially fish, and travelled extensively to South America and Greece. He co-operated with Charles Dawson in the discovery and interpretation of the Piltdown skull, 1912-1914. Throughout his life, he received many medals from various societies. He was Secretary of the Palaeontographical Society, 1900-1934, President of the Geologists Association, 1904-1906, and President of the Geological Society, 1914-1916. He wrote many papers, mainly about fish and geological surveys. He was knighted in 1924 and elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1901. Smith Woodward died on 2 September 1944.

Conditions Governing Access

Accessible to all registered researchers

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Natural Sciences Department at University College London, in October 1974.

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Handlist and name index

Geographical Names