John Downie Falconer Scotland Nigeria Uruguay

Biography of John Downie Falconer

John Downie Falconer (1876-1947) was a graduate of the University who became Lecturer in Geography, 1911 to 1916.

Born in Midlothian, Falconer graduated MA from the University in 1897 and BSc (1901) and DSc (1906) from the University of Edinburgh. He was an assistant to Professor James Geike at Edinburgh before he was appointed Principal of the Mineral Survey of Northern Nigeria in 1904. He was appointed lecturer of Geography at the University of Glasgow from 1911 to 1916. During the First World War Falconer was released by the University at the request of the Colonial Office to become an Assistant District Commissioner in the West African protectorate of Nigeria. He went on to become the Director of the Geological Survey of Nigeria from 1918 to 1927, and was subsequently the Geologist to the Republic of Uruguay.


Printed Materials

  • Michael Moss, J. Forbes Munro and Richard H. Trainor, University, City and State: the University of Glasgow since 1870, Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press for the University of Glasgow, 2000, p.135


John Downie Falconer
Geologist and Geographer

Born 1 November 1876, Scotland.
Died 16 April 1947.
GU Degrees: MA, 1898; MB CM, 1881;
University Link: Graduate, Lecturer
Occupation categories: geographers; geologists
English snippet: Lecturer in Geography at the University of Glasgow from 1911 to 1916
Record last updated: 28th May 2014

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Scotland Scotland
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Nigeria Nigeria, No Region

Uruguay Uruguay, No Region

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