Dr George Walter Tyrrell FRSE FGS (1883–1961) was a 20th-century British geologist, glaciologist and petrologist. A specialist in Arctic and Antarctic landscapes he was the first to describe the recticular glaciers of Spitzbergen.
In 1906 he began teaching Geology at Glasgow University under John Walter Gregory. In 1919 he was geological advisor of a Scottish trip to Spitzbergen and in 1924 led a geological trip in Iceland. The university awarded him two doctorates: a PhD in 1923 and DSc in 1931.
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1918. His proposers were John Horne, Ben Peach, Thomas James Jehu and Robert Kidston. He won the Society's Neill Prize for 1931-33. He was Vice President of the Society from 1940 to 1943.
Rising to Senior Lecturer he retired from Glasgow University in 1948, then spending some years lecturing in Canada and the United States.
He died in Bearsden in the Glasgow suburbs on 20 July 1961.
In 1906 he married Alice Annie Williman.
In 1950, aged 67, he married Ursula Joan Dermont.
- The Whangie and its Origin (1916)
- The Geology of Spitzbergen (1923)
- The Geology of Arran (1931)
- Vulkany (1934 - Russian)
- Osnovy Petrologii (1933)
- Principles of Petrology (1950)
- Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.
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