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COTTON, Sir Charles Andrew, K.B.E.
A new biography of Cotton, Charles Andrew appears in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography on this site.
Charles Andrew Cotton was born in Dunedin on 24 February 1885 and educated at Otago University and School of Mines. He was Director of the Coromandel School of Mines, 1908–09. He was lecturer in charge of the geology department at Victoria Univ. College from 1909 to 1920, when he was appointed to the newly created chair of geology. He retired in 1953. He has published several books and numerous papers on geomorphology, the subject upon which he has become a world authority and for which he has been honoured by institutions at home and abroad. His more important publications include Geomorphology of New Zealand (1922), Landscape (1941), Geomorphology (1942), Climatic Accidents in Landscape Making (1942), Volcanoes as Landscape Forms (1944), The Earth Beneath (1945), Living on a Planet (1945), and New Zealand Geomorphology (1955).