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Emeritus Professor Bernard Leake  BSc PhD (L’pool) DSc (Bristol) DSc (Glasgow) FRSE FGS

Emeritus Professor Bernard Leake

BSc PhD (L’pool) DSc (Bristol) DSc (Glasgow) FRSE FGS

Honorary Research Fellow

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Main Building, Room 2.31B, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT



  • Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology
  • Mineralogy, especially amphiboles
  • Geochemistry
  • Caledonide Geology, especially Connemara, Ireland


I am still involved with unravelling the geological history of Connemara in Western Ireland and with understanding the metagabbro-gneiss complex, the history of the Galway Granite batholith and now the fracturing history of the whole region and its control of the post-Dalradian erosion and sedimentation.


I only give advice on suitable areas for undergraduate geological mapping projects in Western Ireland and preparation of the resulting theses.


  • Honorary Research Fellow, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Cardiff University (1997–present)
  • Leverhulme Emeritus Research Fellow at Cardiff University (2000–2)
  • Erskine Visiting Research Fellow in Geology, University of Canterbury, New Zealand (1999)
  • Honorary Treasurer of the Geologists' Association 1997-2008
  • Council Royal Society of Edinburgh (1988–90)
  • Gledden Senior Visiting Research Fellow in Geology, University of Western Australia, (1985–6)
  • Council Geological Society (1979–85; 1986–96; 2002–5) Vice-President (1980); Honorary Treasurer (1981–5), (1989–96); President (1986–8); Chairman Publications Board (1987–96)
  • Natural Environment Research Council (1978–85) including Chairman of Visiting Group to the British Geological Survey (1981–5) and of the Isotope Facilities Programme (1981–5; 1987–91)
  • Management Cttee of the Scottish Universities Research & Reactor Centre, East Kilbride (1974–92)
  • Head of Geology Department then Geology & Applied Geology, (1974–92)
  • Professor of Geology  & Keeper of the Geological Collections in the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow University (1974–97)
  • Last sole editor of the Journal of the Geological Society (1972–4)
  • Associate Editor Mineralogical Magazine (1970–82)
  • International Mineralogical Association, Committee on Amphibole Nomenclature: Secretary (1968–79); Chairman (1982–2006)
  • Reader in Geology Bristol University (1968-74)
  • Research Associate University of California, Berkeley (1966)
  • Council of Mineralogical Society (1965–8; 1978–80; 1996–2000) President (1999–2000)
  • Assistant Lecturer (1957–9) & Lecturer (1959–68) in Geology, Bristol University
  • Leverhulme Post doctoral Research Fellow, Liverpool University (1955–7)
  • PhD Department of Geology, University of Liverpool with 6 months at Imperial College (1955)
  • BSc Honours Geology, 1st class, University of Liverpool (1952).

Honours and awards

  • Lyell Medal 1977
  • Honorary Member of Mineralogical Society (2004)
  • Honorary Member of the Liverpool Geological Society (2007)
  • Life & Honorary Member of the Geologists' Association & their Foulerton Award (2010)
  • President of the Geological (1986–8) & Mineralogical Societies (1998–2000)
  • Sodic amphibole leakeite named in 1992 by International Mineralogical Association

Professional memberships

  • Geological Societies of London, Edinburgh, Yorkshire, Liverpool, Norway, Finland India & America*
  • Mineralogical Societies of Great Britain & Ireland; America; Canada; Switzerland
  • American Geophysical Union.

All Life memberships except *

Academic positions

  • Leverhulme PDRF Liverpool 1955–7
  • Assistant Lecturer (1957–9), Lecturer (1959–68), Reader (1968–74) in Geology, University of Bristol
  • Professor of Geology (1974–97), Head of Department (1974–92) and Honorary Keeper of the Geological Collections in the Hunterian Museum (1974–97), University of Glasgow

Committees and reviewing

None in Cardiff except University Court 2002–13.