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Edward 'Teddy' Crisp Bullard (1907–1980)

© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Department of Earth Sciences and Sedgwick Museum, University of Cambridge

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Sir Edward Bullard was a geophysicist who is considered, along with Maurice Ewing, to have founded the discipline of marine geophysics. He studied Natural Sciences at Clare College, Cambridge under Ernest Rutherford at the Cavendish Laboratory of University of Cambridge and received his PhD as a nuclear physicist in the 1930s. He developed the theory of the geodynamo, pioneered the use of seismology and measured geothermal heat flow through the ocean crust. He was one of the first to find new evidence for the theory of continental drift.

Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge



oil on canvas


H 74 x W 61 cm

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Acquisition method

gift by subscription, organised by Dr Carol Williams, late 1970s

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Ruskin Spear


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