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Biographical entry Kitson, Albert Ernest (1868 - 1937)

CBE, CMG, KBE, FGS

Born
21 March 1868
Manchester, Lancashire, England
Died
8 March 1937
Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England
Occupation
Geologist

Summary

(Sir) Albert Ernest Kitson joined the Victorian Public Service (VPS) as a clerk in 1886. From 1899 to 1904, although still employed as a clerk, he carried out geological field work for the VPS. This work inspired him to take up part-time studies in geology, mining and surveying at the Working Men's College (Melbourne) and at the University of Melbourne. In 1904 Kitson was promoted to senior field geologist and headed many more geological surveys and published widely. His two most noted surveys were in the Gold Coast where areas of manganese and diamonds were discovered, and in Nigeria where rich coal deposits were found. In 1930 he retired from the VPS and returned to England. There he immediately took up the position of geological advisor to the Colonial Office and later joined the boards of several mining companies. Kitson was a Fellow and Lyell medal recipient of the Geological Society of London and he was knighted (KBE) in 1927.

Details

Events

c. 1878
Life event - Migrated to Australia (Victoria) with family
1886 - 1889
Career position - Clerk at the Victorian Postmaster-General's Department
1889 - 1896
Career position - Clerk at the Victorian Department of Lands and Survey
1896 - 1904
Career position - Clerk at the Victorian Department of Mines and Water Supply
1897 -
Award - Fellow of the Geological Society of London (FGS)
1899 - 1904
Career position - Geological field work including the survey of Buchan Caves in East Gippsland (1900), Victoria
1904 - 1930
Career position - Senior Field Geologist in the Department of Mines and Water Supply
1906 - 1911
Career position - Principal Surveyor on the Mineral Survey of Southern Nigeria
1913
Career position - Director of the Gold Coast Geological Survey
1916
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus kitsoniana Maiden was named in his honour
1918
Award - Wollaston fund award received from the Geological Society of London
1918
Award - Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
1922
Award - Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
1927
Award - Lyell Medal received from the Geological Society of London
1927
Award - Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE)
1929
Career position - President of the C (Geology) Section of the British Association for the Advancement of Science
1930
Life event - Retired and returned to England
1930
Career position - Geological Advisor to the Colonial Office in England
1934 - 1936
Career position - President of the Geologist's Association

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

  • Farrall, Lyndsay, 'Kitson, Sir Albert Ernest (1868-1937), Geologist', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 9, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1983, pp. 617-618. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A090619b.htm. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • Hall, Norman, Botanists of the Eucalypts: short biographies of people who have named eucalypts, whose names have been given to species or who have collected type material, CSIRO, Melbourne, 1978, 101 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J.