John Phillips Blue Plaque Unveiled in Museum Gardens

York Civic Trust, Yorkshire Philosophical Society, and the York Museums Trust announce the unveiling of a blue plaque to a distinguished scientist and former resident of York, John Phillips FRS.
A blue plaque to a famous York geologist was unveiled in the Museum Gardens at 2pm on Thursday 25 February at St Mary’s Lodge. Three York organisations — York Civic Trust, Yorkshire Philosophical Society and York Museums Trust – came together in to design and install a plaque to John Phillips (1800 -1874). He was active in the mid-1800s and used fossils to prove the correct stratigraphy of geological deposits. He identified and named the major geological eras – Palaeozoic, Mesozoic, and Caenozoic, and demonstrated the mass extinctions between them. Phillips was a prolific academic and popular science author, and was a genuine polymath, being active in many scientific fields. He was first Keeper of the Yorkshire Museum, and was an officer of the Yorkshire Philosophical Society for several decades.

Photographs by Nigel Kirby

Plaque unveiled by Reyahn King (York Museums Trust), Rod Leonard (Yorkshire Philosophical Society) and David Fraser (York Civic Trust)at St Mary’s Lodge, Museum Gardens.