John R. Underhill

John R. Underhill

John R. Underhill (born 1961) is Professor of Stratigraphy in the Grant Institute of Earth Sciences in the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and Associate Professor in the Department of Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University. He is also a football referee in the Scottish Premier League and was on the FIFA panel of referees until recently.



He gained his first degree in geology at Bristol University in 1982. He was awarded a PhD from the University of Wales, Cardiff in 1985; the subject of his thesis was 'Neogene and Quaternary tectonics and sedimentation in Western Greece'. He worked for Shell in the Hague and London as an exploration geoscientist. He was appointed as lecturer in the Grant Institute of Geology (as it was then) in 1989 before becoming Professor of Stratigraphy in 1998.


Underhill began refereeing while at university after taking up running to recuperate from an ankle injury. He was promoted to the senior list of referees in 1991 and has been an SPL referee since 1995. [ [ Referee John Underhill ] ] He was the first Englishman to represent Scotland on the FIFA International List of referees and became the inaugural chairman of the Scottish Senior Football Referees' Association in 2005.


* 1992 Received the President's award of the Geological Society of London
* 1992 Received the Matson Award from the AAPG for excellence in presentation
* 1999 He was an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer
* 2000 Awarded the Wollaston Fund of the Geological Society of London
* 2004 Elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
* 2005 Was outstanding as a referee in a towsy Edinburgh derby in October at Easter road.


ee also

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External links

* [ John Underhill's profile on the Scottish FA's website]
* [ Biography of John Underhill from the Geological Society of London's website]

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