Bernard Elgey Leake

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Bernard Elgey Leake (born 9 July 1932) is an English geologist. He is Emeritus Professor of Geology at the University of Glasgow, was Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow at Cardiff University 2000-2002 and has been an Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff University since 1997.

Leake was born on 29 July 1932, son of Norman Sidney Leake and Clare Evelyn Walgate.[1] He was educated at the Wirral Grammar School for Boys and the University of Liverpool, where he gained a first class BSc in 1952 and PhD in 1955. He gained DSc degrees from Bristol in 1974 and Glasgow in 1998.

Leake was a Leverhulme research fellow at Liverpool 1955-57. In 1957 he was appointed lecturer in geology at the University of Bristol, becoming Reader in 1968. He was a research associate at University of California, Berkeley in 1966.

In 1974 Leake was appointed professor and head of the department of geology at Glasgow in 1974 and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1976. He was also honorary keeper of geological collections at the Hunterian Museum.[2]

He was awarded the Lyell Medal of the Geological Society of London in 1977 and was president of the society 1986-88.[3]

In 1997 Leake moved to Cardiff University where he continues work on the petrogenesis of the Galway Granite, and has recently completed a biography of geologist J.W.Gregory.[4]

Selected publications


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