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Biographical entry Bryan, Walter Heywood (1891 - 1966)

26 August 1891
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
10 March 1966


Walter Bryan was Field Assistant at the Geological Survey of Queensland and served with the Australian Imperial Forces during WWI before joining the University of Queensland as Lecturer in Geology in 1921. He was Professor of Geology and Mineralogy from 19476 to 1959. In his research he made significant contributions to understanding the stratigraphy and geological evolution of Queensland and marine geology. He established the first seismological research station in Queensland in 1937 following the Gayndah earthquake, leading efforts to utilise seismological stations for hazard mitigation. Bryan was actively involved in professional organisations, serving as President of the Royal Society of Queensland and the Geology Section if Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science, and Chairman of the Queensland Division of the Geological Society of Australia. He was also Deputy Chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Committee, a member of the Queensland State Camouflage Committee, and a Fellow of the Australian National Research Council.



Education - BSc (hons), University of Queensland
1914 - 1915
Career position - Field Assistant, Queensland Geological Survey 1914-15
1915 - 1918
Career position - Lecturer in Geology, University of Queensland
Career position - President, Royal Society of Queensland 1924
Education - DSc, University of Queensland
1937 -
Career position - Officer in charge, Queensland Seismological Station
Career position - Acting Professor of Geology, University of Queensland
Career position - President, Geology Section, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
1946 - 1947
Career position - Associate Professor of Geology, University of Queensland
1947 - 1959
Career position - Professor of Geology, University of Queensland
1952 - 1966
Career position - Foundation Member, Geological Society of Australia
1960 - 1966
Career position - Professor Emeritus, University of Queensland

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  • 'Walter Heywood Bryan', Queensland Naturalist, 18 (1/2) (1966), 34-35. Details
  • Bryan, Scott, Bryan, Robert and Wood, Margaret, 'Professor Walter Heywood Bryan MC: Queensland's pioneering geologist', Newsletter, Earth Sciences History Group, 45 (2018), 23-4. Details
  • Bryan, W. H., 'H. C. Richards Memorial Address', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, lix (5) (1947), 141-150. Details
  • Bryan, W. H., 'Obituary: Professor H. C. Richards', Australian Journal of Science, 10 (1) (1947), 13-14. Details
  • Denmead, W. H., 'Obituary: Walter Heywood Bryan', Queensland Government mining journal, 67 (1966), 100. Details
  • Hill, Dorothy, 'Memorial: Walter Heywood Bryan, M.C., D.Sc 1891-1966', Journal of the Geological Society of Australia, 13 (2) (1966), 613-618. Details


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