Arthur Wade ( 1878 - 1951)

Geologist, born at Halifax, Yorkshire, England, son of Samuel Wade, master butcher, and his wife Sarah, née Gathercole. From school at Isleworth, London, he went to the Royal College of Science (University of London) and won its Murchison medal and prize (1903). He taught geology at the Liverpool Municipal Technical School and in 1906 was elected a fellow of the Geological Society of London. In 1909 he was appointed a senior demonstrator at the Royal School of Mines, London. Having worked in Egypt on the geology of petroleum, he graduated D.Sc. (1911) from the University of London and pioneered the teaching of that subject at the Imperial College of Science and Technology.

In 1913 Wade was recommended to the Australian government to further the search for oil in Papua where inspections by J. E. Carne and the government geologist E. R. Stanley had encouraged the decision to sponsor a survey. Wade produced his Report on Petroleum in Papua in 1914 and visited the Territory intermittently until 1919. As director of oilfields, he reported on petroleum prospects for the Commonwealth government between 1915 and 1919 when he resigned to become an industrial consultant. In 1920-24 he worked in Africa, North America and Australia; later, based in London, he shifted his attention to southern Europe and Poland. On 29 January 1924 at Pace Baptist Church, Mississippi, United States of America, he had married Mayme Lou Souter.

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