Ian Graham Gass

Ian Graham Gass, FRS,[1] geologist, was Professor of Earth Sciences and Head of Discipline at the Open University, Milton Keynes and he was President of the IAVCEI (1983–87). He was married to Mary Pearce (1955, one son, one daughter).

Ian Graham Gass
Born20 March 1926
Died8 October 1992 (1992-10-09) (aged 66)
Alma materUniversity of Leeds
AwardsMurchison Medal (1988)
Fellow of the Royal Society[1]
Scientific career
InstitutionsSudan Geological Survey (1952-55)
Cyprus Geological Survey (1955-60)
Leicester University (1960-61)
University of Leeds (1961-69)
Open University (1969-92)
Doctoral advisorWQ Kennedy

At the close of the 1960s, a scientific revolution occurred changing the static Geology into a dynamic Earth Science. By showing that the Troödos Mountains, Cyprus is a remnant of seafloor spreading, Ian Gass collaborated in that transformation.[2][3]

He was educated at the University of Leeds under Prof William Quarrier Kennedy FRS FRSE.

Selected publications

  • I. G. Gass, Peter J. Smith, R. C. L. Wilson, eds. (1971). Understanding the earth : a reader in the earth sciences. Open University set book. Sussex: Artemis Press. p. 355. ISBN 0-85141-262-9.CS1 maint: uses editors parameter (link)
  • Clifford, Tom N. and Gass, Ian G., eds. (1970). African Magmatism and Tectonics. Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd. p. 461. ISBN 978-0-05-001709-8.CS1 maint: uses editors parameter (link)
  • Baker, P. E., Gass, I. G., Harris, P. G., & Le Maitre, R. W. (1964). "The volcanological report of the Royal Society Expedition to Tristan da Cunha, 1962". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series A, Mathematical and Physical Sciences. 256 (1075): 439–575. Bibcode:1964RSPTA.256..439B. doi:10.1098/rsta.1964.0011.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)


  1. Cox, K. G. (1995). "Ian Graham Gass. 20 March 1926-8 October 1992". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 41: 170–182. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1995.0011.
  2. Gass, I. G. (1968). "Is the Troodos Massif of Cyprus a Fragment of Mesozoic Ocean Floor?". Nature. 220 (5162): 39. Bibcode:1968Natur.220...39G. doi:10.1038/220039a0.
  3. Gass, I. G.; Masson-Smith, D. (1963). "The Geology and Gravity Anomalies of the Troodos Massif, Cyprus". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences. 255 (1060): 417. Bibcode:1963RSPTA.255..417G. doi:10.1098/rsta.1963.0009.

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