Sir Aubrey Strahan died at his home in Goring, on March 4th, 1928, at the age of 75.

He was educated at Eton, and in 1870 entered St. John’s College, Cambridge, when he took his degree in the third class in the Natural Sciences Tripos in 1874. He took the degree of Sc.D. in 1907. On leaving college he entered the service of the Geological Survey of Great Britain while it was still under the Science and Art Department, and after some years of work as assistant director, he succeeded the late Sir J.J.H. Teale as director in 1913, and held that office until his retirement in 1920.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1903 and among other associations with learned societies, he was President of the Geological Section of the British Association in 1904, Vice-President of the International Geological Congress in 1913, President of the Geological Society and Wollaston Medallist in 1913-14, and a member of the Royal Commission on Coal Supplies in 1903. That Commission sat for some years and in 1910 Sir Aubrey was able to show that the original estimates of coal reserves were considerably underestimated. In the course of his career he contributed a number of memoirs to the records of the Geological Survey, and he wrote one outstanding work, ‘British Petrography.’

Sir Aubrey Strahan was elected an Honorary Member of the Institution on November 25th, 1918.

Vol. 38, Trans I.M.M., 1928-29, pp.489-90

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