1800 - travelled with his family to Jamaica, after they inherited a slave plantation. 1801 - after the death of his father, he returned to England with his mother. 1809 - entered the Royal Military College at Marlow. 1812 - settled at Lyme Regis. 1816 - toured Scotland and the north of England with Thomas Coulson Carpenter and George Holland. 1817 - joined the Geological Society of London. 1819 - set off on a year-long tour of the continent where he established contacts with Georges Cuvier, Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire and other leading naturalists. 1823 - elected to the Royal Society of London. 1839 - published Report on the Geology of Cornwall, Devon and West Somerset. 1842 - knighted. 1847 - elected president of the Geological Society. 1851 - published the Geological Observer, which became known as the survey ‘Bible’. 1855 - awarded the Wollaston medal.