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Bagnold, Ralph Alger (1896–1990), soldier and geomorphologist, was born on 3 April 1896 at the Manor House, Stoke, Devonport, the second of two children born to Major Arthur Henry Bagnold (1854–1943) of the Royal Engineers, and Ethel (1866–1931), the daughter of William Henry Alger...

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George Harry Dury (1916–1996) by Norman Lenburg, 1979 courtesy of the University of Wisconsin Madison archives

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Dury, George Harry (1916–1996), geographer and geomorphologist, was born in Hellidon, near Daventry, Northamptonshire, on 11 September 1916, the son of Harry Dury (1879–1961), an agricultural labourer then serving as a private in the Royal West Surrey regiment, and his wife, Harriett Emma, ...

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Embleton, Clifford (1931–1994), geomorphologist and geographer, was born on 11 May 1931 at Highfield, 11 Fairacres Road, Bebington-cum-Bromborough, Chester, the only son of Arthur Thomas Embleton (1895–1954), shipping clerk, and his wife, Constance Fitzgerald (1896–1948). He was educated at Birkenhead School and then won an open exhibition to ...

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Jennings, Joseph Newell [Joe] (1916–1984), geomorphologist, was born at 135 Upper Wortley Road, Wortley, Leeds, Yorkshire, on 29 June 1916, the son of Joseph Newell Jennings, a commercial traveller then serving as a sergeant major in the 3rd battalion of the 8th West Yorkshire regiment...

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Linton, David Leslie (1906–1971), geographer and geomorphologist, was born on 12 July 1906 at 883 Old Kent Road, London, the second of three children of Samuel James Linton, master grocer, and Elizabeth Baird Kennedy. His parents were immigrants from northern Ireland. He was educated at ...

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Sweeting, Marjorie Mary (1920–1994), geomorphologist, was born on 28 February 1920, at 24 Radipole Road, Fulham, the only child of George Scotland Sweeting, geology lecturer at Imperial College, London, and Ellen Louisa Liddiard. She attended Mayfield School, Putney, London, before taking a first in geography at ...

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Thornes, John Barrie (1940–2008), geographer and geomorphologist, was born on 27 February 1940 in Horbury, near Wakefield, Yorkshire, the only child of Edwin Thornes, engineering foreman, and his wife, Gladys, née Carpenter. After primary schooling in Horbury he went to Ossett grammar school...

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Wooldridge, Sidney William (1900–1963), geomorphologist and geographer, was born in Hornsey, north London, on 16 November 1900, younger son (there was also a daughter) of Lewis William Wooldridge, bank manager, and his wife, Helen Chadwick. His early childhood was spent in Cheam, Surrey...

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Sidney William Wooldridge (1900–1963) by unknown photographer © Royal Society; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London