Germaine Anne Joplin
Germaine Anne Joplin (1903-1989) was one of the students attracted to geology through the influence of Edgeworth David (and later by W.R. Browne). After taking up geological studies relatively late (at the age of 23) at Sydney University, she graduated B.Sc. with the University Medal in 1930, before going on to Cambridge with a Science Research Scholarship and a Fellowship of the International Federation of University Women to study petrology with C.E. Tilley. After gaining her Ph.D. in 1936 she returned to Sydney, becoming Curator of the Geological Museum and Assistant Lecturer in Petrology.
She resigned in 1941, taking a Linnean Fellowship to enable her to follow up Browne's work on the Cooma metamorphic belt, which she completed in 1945. From 1945 to 1949 she returned to lecturing in igneous and metamorphic petrology at Sydney University, influencing a number of students to take up research studies in petrology. Her publications in these years included studies of the Hartley granites, the skarns of Ben Bullen and the metamorphic rocks around Albury. Her work on the interaction of primary granitic and primary basaltic magmas earned her a D.Sc. from the University in 1950.