Biography of Sir Edward Bailey
Sir Edward Bailey (centre) and Thomas George (right)
Sir Edward Battersby Bailey (1881-1965) was Professor of Geology at the University from 1929 to 1937. He was awarded an LLD in 1946.
Born in Kent, Bailey studied at Clare College, Cambridge and graduated with first class honours in both parts of the Natural Sciences tripos. He worked with HM Geological Survey from 1902 until 1929 as a field geologist, establishing his reputation as an authority on mountain structure and the tectonics of vulcanism. Bailey served in the Royal Garrison Artillery during the First World War, when he was wounded twice and lost an eye. He was twice mentioned in despatches; awarded the Military Cross and the Croix de Guerre with palms; was made a Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur, and rose to the rank of Lieutenant.
Bailey was a keen supporter of the Scottish Youth Hostels Association's Glasgow District branch, of which he was a Chairman and a Vice President during his time in the city, and he was subsequently Honorary President of the SYHA. In 1937, he left Glasgow to become Director the Geological Survey in London. He retired in 1945, when he was knighted.