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Biographical entry Carey, Samuel Warren (1911 - 2002)


1 November 1911
New South Wales, Australia
20 March 2002


Samuel Carey was Professor of Geology, University of Tasmania 1946-1976. He was an early advocate of the hypothesis of continental drift. His ideas were discounted for about 30 years until his theory, by then called plate tectonics, was supported by the discovery of spreading zones in the middle of the oceans.



1934 - 1938
Career position - Geologist with Oil Search Ltd New Guinea and Papua
1938 - 1942
Career position - Senior Geologist with Australasian Petroleum Company Papua
1942 - 1944
Career position - Paratrooper and Captain in the Australian Imperial Forces in New Guinea
1944 - 1946
Career position - Chief Government Geologist in Tasmania
1946 - 1976
Career position - Professor of Geology at the University of Tasmania
Award - Gondwanaland Medal received
Award - Clarke Medal received from the Royal Society of New South Wales
1970s - 1980s
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Sydney
Award - Johnston Medal received
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
1977 - 1978
Career position - President of the Geological Society of Australia
1978 -
Career position - Professor Emeritus at the University of Tasmania
1989 -
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)

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Archival resources

University of Tasmania Library, Special/Rare Collection

  • Samuel Warren Carey - Records, 1947 - 1976, UT.315; University of Tasmania Library, Special/Rare Collection. Details

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  • Le Grand, H. E., 'Carey, Samuel Warren' in New Dictionary of Scientific Biography, Koertge, Noretta, ed., vol. 2 (Detroit : Charles Scribner's Sons, 2008), pp. 38-43 . Details

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