Papers of William John McCallien, 1902-1981, science student, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Certificates and correspondence, 1920-1927;
  • Miscellaneous Geological pamphlets, 1912-1961;
  • Copy of Glasgow University Magazine, 1925;
  • Photographic magazines concerning Turkey, 1941;
  • Miscellaneous photographs concerning geological/agricultural/rural life of Turkey, undated;
  • Miscellaneous photographs of the students from Geology department of Glasgow University, undated.

Administrative / Biographical History

William John McCallien was born in  1902  in Tarbert, Argyll & Bute, Scotland. He was educated at Tarbert High School, and matriculated into the science faculty at the  University of Glasgow in  1920 . In his first year he studied Mathematics, Chemistry, and Chemical Lab. His second year studies consisted of Natural Philosophy, Geology, and Mathematics. In his final year he studied advanced Geology, and Natural Philosophy. He graduated BSc with a special distinction in Geology in  1923 , and was awarded the Cowie Prize and Medal. In  1924  he was appointed to a lectureship in Geology at the University of Glasgow, and gained a degree of DSc in  1930 . In 1931 he became a Fellow of Royal Society of Edinburgh, and in 1936 was awarded the Neill Medal of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 1944 he became a Fellow of the Geological Society of London. It was also in 1944 that he left the country to set up departments of Geology in Ankara, Turkey, and later in 1950 in Ghana. He retired in  1965 , and died in  1981 .


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Acquisition Information

Deposit: family member: September 1977

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Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

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Custodial History

Formerly held by the family of William John McCallien


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Related Material

GB 0248 DC 005 Papers of John Walter Gregory, 1864-1932, geologist and explorer, Professor of Geology, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 1904-1929; GB 0248 ACCN 2561; ACCN 3471; ACCN 3653 :Records of the Geological Society of Glasgow, learned society, 1858-, Glasgow, Scotland; GB 0248 GEO Records of the Department of Geology, University of Glasgow, Scotland.

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Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999and National Council on Archives, Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Fonds level compiled by Vikki Laidlaw, Hub Project Assistant, 07 October 2004. Lower levels catalogued by Glasgow University Archive Services staff. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Michael Beesley, Archive Assistant, July 2013.