Mike Coward – portrait of a structural geologist

Robert William Hope Butler, Michael Daly, Rod Graham, Alison Ries, Richard Spencer

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This Special Publication celebrates the life and times of one of the late 20th century’s most influential structural geologists, Mike Coward. At various times Mike was H H Read Professor of Geology at Imperial College, Chair of the UK
Tectonic Studies Group and Council Member of the Geological Society of London; but these official titles belie a deeply unconventional man who loved to challenge accepted wisdom and dogma. Mike’s career was an eclectic mix of pure and applied research in structural geology that straddled continents and geological time. Normal chronological narratives can hardly do justice to a man who could step from theme to theme at times, seemingly to colleagues, almost on a daily basis. This brief biography attempts to draw together some of the strands, in rather Mike Coward (1945–2003): portrait of a structural geologist the same way as the Special Publication itself, to offer a glimpse of a character who could be very much larger than life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)vii-xii
JournalGeological Society Special Publications
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Bibliographical note

in RIES, A. C., BUTLER, R. W. H. & GRAHAM, R. H. (eds) 2007. Deformation of the Continental Crust: The Legacy of Mike Coward. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 272.


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