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Creer, Kenneth Midworth, 1925-2020 (Professor of Geophysics at University of Edinburgh)



  • Existence: 1925 - 2020


Kenneth (Ken) Midworth Creer was born in 1925 at Douglas, Isle of Man. In 1944, just after high school, he went into military service, being commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in The King's Regiment in June 1945. He served in the Royal West Africa Frontier Force (1945-46) and in the High Commission Territories Corps in Egypt (1946-47).

After demobilisation, Creer resumed his education at Queens' College Cambridge (1948-51) where he was Shell Scholar (1949) and held the Munro Studentship (1950). His postgraduate work was done in the Department of Geodesy and Geophysics (1951-54). He was awarded BA (1951), MA (1953), Ph.D (1955), ScD (1966).

He started his geology career at H.M. Geological Survey as Senior Geologist in the geophysics group, between 1954 and 1956. From the Survey, Creer was appointed to a Lectureship at the University of Newcastle in 1956, and was rapidly promoted to Reader in Geophysics (1963). He then became Professor of Magnetism in 1966; a post which he held until he was appointed Professor and Head of Department of Geophysics, University of Edinburgh in 1973, which post he held until his retirement in 1993. After, he had been an Emeritus Professor at Edinburgh.

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Honours and awards:
  1. Vetlesen Professor at Columbia University, 1971-72.
  2. Vice President of the Royal Astronomical Society, 1986-87.
  3. Prix mondial Nessim Habif for Science, University of Geneva, 1987.
  4. John Adam Fleming medal of the American Geophysical Union, 1990.
  5. President of the European Geophysical Society, 1992-94.
  6. Alice and Albert Weeks, Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Wisconsin, 1994-95.
  7. Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, 1996.
  8. Member of Academia Europaea.
  9. Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
  10. Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

Ken Creer died on the 19th of August 2020 in his 95th year.

Astronomy & Geophysics, Volume 38, Issue 5, October-November 1997, Page 7, [accessed 9 August 2021].
"Kenneth Midworth Creer", The MacNab Group, [accessed 9 August 2021].
"Kenneth Creer", Academia Europaea (last modified in June 2021), [accessed 9 August 2021].

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Medals of Professor Kenneth M. Creer

Identifier: Coll-2016
Content Description Medals and pins awarded to Professor Kenneth M. Creer in their original boxes. John Adam Fleming Medal of the American Geophysical Union (1990) in a wooden box; American Geophysical Union cufflink in a black velvet box (1990); Freedom of the City of Grenoble medal in a blue box (1994); Royal Astronomical Society medal (Gold, Geophysics, 1996) in a red...
Dates: 1990-1996