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Thomas McKenny Hughes

Thomas McKenny Hughes

Thomas McKenny Hughes (17 December 1832 in Aberystwyth - 9 June 1917, Cambridge) was a British (Welsh) geologist. He was Woodwardian Professor of Geology at Cambridge University.

Private life

Thomas M. Hughes was one of seven children (five sisters, one brother) of the Welsh bishop Joshua Hughes (1807-1889) and Margaret Hughes (née McKenny). His younger brother Joshua Pritchard Hughes (1847-1938) was bishop of Llandaff. Thomas Hughes married Mary Caroline Weston in 1882.

Education and career

Hughes received the first part of his education at Leamington and Llandovery, and matriculated at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1853, from which he graduated graduated in 1857, and as M.A. in 1867. From 1860-1861, he held the post of secretary to the British consul in Rome, thereafter worked for the British Geological Survey until 1873. He returned to Cambridge University in 1873, to succeed Adam Sedgwick as Woodwardian Professor of Geology, until his death in 1917.

Awards and work

His over 50 research publications, mainly on work performed during his time at the Survey, are mainly about Precambrian and Palaeozoic formations in Wales, as well as of the Lake District. He also worked on glacial deposits. Hughes was vice-president of the Geological Society in 1862, F.R.S. in 1889, and Lyell Medal recipient 1891.

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