Edward A. Irving

Edward A. Irving

Edward A. Irving

Birth : Edward A. Irving (1927-05-27)27 May 1927 Colne,Lancashire,England

Death : 25 February 2014(2014-02-25)(aged 86) Saanich, British Columbia, Canada

Personal Information

Name Edward A. Irving
Birth (1927-05-27)27 May 1927 Colne,Lancashire,England
Birth Place Colne,Lancashire,England
Death (2014-02-25)(aged 86) Saanich, British Columbia, Canada
Died At Saanich, British Columbia, Canada
Alma Mater University of Cambridge(BA, PhD)
Fields Paleomagnetism
Institution Geological Survey of Canada, Pacific Geosciences Center)

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Events Occured in Scienctist Life


In 1945, he was conscripted into the British Army.


In 1948, he began studying geology at the University of Cambridge and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1951.


These results confirmed the predictions Alfred Wegener had put forth in his theory of continental drift in 1912.In 1954, Irving attempted to obtain a PhD for his graduate work.


In 1965, he submitted some of his papers to Cambridge and obtained a ScD, the highest earned degree at the time.


In 1964, they moved to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and Irving began work as a research officer for Dominion Observatory with the Department of Mines and Technical Surveys.


In 1966, Irving returned to England to teach geophysics at the University of Leeds.


He returned to Ottawa in 1967 to work as a research scientist in the Earth Physics Branch of the Department of Energy, Mines, and Resources.


In 1981, Irving moved to Sidney, British Columbia, to establish a paleomagnetism laboratory at the Pacific Geoscience Centre with the Earth Physics Branch.


In 2005, Irving was semi-retired, investigating the nature of the geomagnetic field in the Precambrian to understand how the crust was being deformed and how the latitudes varied.


He died during the night of 24 February 2014 in Saanich, British Columbia.


Irving published a total of 205 papers, including: — (January 1956).


Irving was awarded the Gondwanaland Gold Medal by the Mining, Geological, and Metallurgical Society of India, the Logan Medal by the Geological Association of Canada (1975), the Walter H. Bucher Medal by the American Geophysical Union (1979), the J. Tuzo Wilson Medal by the Canadian Geophysical Union (1984), the Arthur L. Day Medal by the Geological Society of America (1997), and the Wollaston Medal by the Geological Society of London (2005).


He was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC) in 1973 and of the Royal Society of London (FRS) in 1979.


In 1998 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and in 2003 invited to be a Member of the Order of Canada.


He received an honorary degree from the University of Victoria in 1999.