William Alexander Deer
William Alexander Deer FRS (1910–2009) was a British geologist.
He was an Honorary Fellow of St John's College and Trinity Hall Cambridge, Professor of Mineralogy and Petrology at the University of Cambridge from 1961, Master of Trinity Hall from 1966 to 1975, and Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University from 1971 to 1973.
He was an editor, along with Robert Andrew Howie and Jack Zussman, of the reference work Rock-Forming Minerals and the abridged version, An Introduction to the Rock-Forming Minerals. The mineral deerite (IMA 1964-016) was named in his honour.
- Deer, William Alexander; Wager, Lawrence Rickard (1939). "Olivines from the Skaergaard Intrusion, Kangerdlugssuak, East Greenland" (PDF). American Mineralogist. 24: 18–25.
- Deer, William Alexander; Howie, Robert Andrew; Zussman, Jack (1962). Rock-forming Minerals. Wiley. Note: 5 volumes
- Deer, William Alexander; Howie, Robert Andrew; Zussman, Jack (1992). An Introduction to the Rock-Forming Minerals (2 ed.). London: Longman. ISBN 0-582-30094-0.
- Deer, William Alexander; Howie, Robert Andrew; Zussman, Jack (2009). Rock-forming Minerals. Geological Society. Note: 11 volumes
- "William Alexander Deer, 1910-2009". The Geological Society. Retrieved 2014-10-20.
- Obituary in The Times
- Agrell S O, Bown M G, McKie D (1965). "Deerite, howieite, and zussmanite, three new minerals from the Franciscan of the Laytonville District, Mendicino Co., California". American Mineralogist. 50: 278-278.
|Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge
| Succeeded by|
Theodore Morris Sugden
|Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
| Succeeded by|
John Wilfrid Linnett