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educator , Geologist

John Graham Ramsay, British geologist, educator. Decorated Commander Order British Empire; recipient Prestwich medal, Société Géologique de France, 1989, Holmes medal, 1991, Transentes medal, 1991, Prix Lataud, Academy of Sciences France, 1991.


Ramsay, John Graham was born on June 17, 1931 in London. Arrived in Switzerland, 1977. Son of Robert William and Kathleen May (Ellis) Ramsay.


Bachelor of Science, London University, 1952. Diploma Imperial College, Doctor of Philosophy, London University, 1954. Doctor of Science, London University, 1974.

Doctorat (honorary), Rennes University, France, 1978.


Lecturer London University, 1957-1966, professor, 1966-1973. Professor, department head University Leeds, England, 1973-1977, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich and University Zürich, Switzerland, since 1977. Honorary professor earth science Cardiff University, since 2002, Beersheva University, Israel, since 2008.

Honorary professor geology Negev University, Israel, since 2008.


Member Musician Corps Engineers, 1955—1957, Natural Environment Research Council, England, 1989—1992. Fellow: Indian National Science Academy (foreign), Royal Society London, American Geophysical Union (honorary), Geological Society London (honorary. Council 1968-1971, Bigsby medal 1973, Wollaston medal 1986), Geological Society of America (honorary).

Member: United States National Academy of Sciences (foreign).


  • Other Interests

    Chamber music, skiing, poetry.


Married Christine Marden, August 19, 1960 (divorced December 1987). Children: Ishbel, Alison, Rebecca. Married Dorothee Dietrich, March 5, 1990.

Robert William Ramsay

Kathleen May (Ellis) Ramsay

Christine Marden

Dorothee Dietrich

Ishbel Ramsay

Alison Ramsay

Rebecca Ramsay