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Gregory, John Walter

Gregory, John Walter

Alias: None

Title: Professor

Dates: 1864-1932

Nationality: British

Awards: None

John Walter Gregory was born on 27 January 1864 in London. He was educated at Stepney Grammar School and the University of London. In 1887, he was appointed assistant in the Geological Department of the British Museum (Natural History), remaining there until 1900.

In 1896, he was selected as geologist on the British exploring expedition 1896, led by William Martin Conway and sponsored by the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society to explore the interior of central Spitsbergen. Gregory was a member of the sledging party, which claimed the first crossing of the island of Spitsbergen in July 1896.

In 1900, Gregory accepted the post of director of scientific staff of the British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery), led by Robert Falcon Scott, but resigned in 1901 after his role became subject to dispute between the Royal Geographical and Royal Societies. Instead, in 1900 he accepted the chair of geology and mineralogy at the University of Melbourne. In 1904, he was appointed professor of geology at Glasgow University, a post he held until his retirement in 1929. Between 1928 and 1930, he was president of the Geological Society. He drowned in the Urubamba River in Peru on 2 June 1932.

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