He graduated Bachelor of Science from Leeds University in 1910. He began lecturing in Geology in 1914 at Queen's University, Belfast, but then undertook postgraduate studies, first in London, then travelling to what was then Breslau in Germany (now Wroclaw in Poland) where he obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Geology. Back in Leeds he was awarded a Doctor of Science in 1921 and then briefly transferred to Manchester University as a Senior Lecturer, before returning to Queen's University in Belfast as a full Professor.
He was an expert in the geology of Northern Ireland. He held the latter role from 1921 until 1954. He was made a Commander of the British Empire (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1957 for his services to Northern Ireland with particular reference to the field of geology.
He died in Ballycastle, County Antrim in Northern Ireland.
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