William Smith: The Man, His Map & the Democratization of Geology

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Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 16:00

This is a non-SESYNC event at:

Baltimore Convention Center
Room 327–329
One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Free Public Lecture presented by The Geological Society of America Annual Meeting.

To pluck William Smith from two centuries of dusty obscurity and place him, quite rightly, on a pedestal as one of the truly great men of his time, was the task confronting Simon Winchester when, in 2000, he decided to write the remarkable story of the so-called Father of English Geology. The saga he uncovered was poignant and inspiring: the manner in which he—nearly forty years after graduating with a geology degree from Oxford, but in no sense a practitioner of the science—came to the tale in the first place, turns out to be every bit as amusing as it is instructive.

After spending just a year as a geologist in East Africa, Oxford graduate Simon Winchester turned to journalism and spent 30 years as a foreign correspondent working around the world for The Guardian and The Sunday Times of London. In 1998, following the unexpected success of his book about 19th century lexicography, The Professor and the Madman, Winchester became a full-time writer, and has now published 27 books, many of them New York Times best-sellers. In 2006, for services to literature, he was awarded officership of the Order of the British Empire, OBE, by HM the Queen. His latest book, Pacific, is being released on October 27, 2015.

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