The collection comprises of general correspondence by Hattersley-Smith and papers relating to Ellesmere Island
Geoffrey Hattersley-Smith collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Geoffrey Hattersley-Smith
- Dates of Creation1951-1993
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence (4 leaves) papers (74 leaves)
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Administrative / Biographical History
Geoffrey Hattersley-Smith was born in 1923 in London. He was educated at Winchester School and read geology at New College, Oxford. After graduating in 1948, he took an appointment with the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey, and in 1950, joined the Arctic Section of the Defence Research Board of Canada. Between 1953 and 1954, he organized and led the Canadian United States Ellesmere Ice Shelf investigations, returning to Oxford in 1955 to write his doctorate thesis. He was a member of Operations Hazen (1957-1961) and Tanquary (1962-1970), organized by the Defence Research Board of Canada in the International Geophysical Year and following years to conduct scientific investigations in northern Ellesmere Island. He has written numerous papers on the glaciology and geomorphology of northern Ellesmere Island, and is the leading authority on the origin and history of place-names in the Antarctic Peninsula region.
Published work North of latitude eighty, the Defence Research Board in Ellesmere Island by Geoffrey Hattersley-Smith, Defence Research Board Ottawa (1974) SPRI Library Shelf (464.2)91(091) The history of place-names in the British Antarctic Territory by Geoffrey Hattersley-Smith, British Antarctic Survey Scientific Reports (1991) SPRI Library Shelf Periodical (7)801.311
The collection is split into two sub-fonds comprising of correspondence and papers respectively
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