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Episodes 2002; 25(4): 258-263

Published online December 1, 2002


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John Joly's paper: "Uranium and Geology" (1908)

Patrick N. Wyse Jackson

Department of Geology Trinity College Dublin 2 IRELAND E-mail: wysjcknp@tcd.ie

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In 1908 the British Association for the Advancement of Science met in Dublin, and the Irish geologist and physicist John Joly (1857—1933) served as President of Section C: Geology. For his address he took the theme of "Uranium and Geology" — and in this summation of his work on radioactive materials in rocks, published the following year, he discussed their role in the generation of the Earth's internal heat.