Geologist; professor of geology and mineralogy. Born– August 17, 1870, Lena, Illinois. Parents– Howard Brooks and Ruth Ann (Harris) Adams. Married– Bertha Barin, 1914. Education– Kansas State Normal School, Emporia, graduated 1889; University of Kansas, B. A., 1893, M.A.,. 1895; Princeton University, Doctor of Science, 1896; postdoctoral study in Munich, Germany, 1897-98., and at Yale, 1911. Instructor in Natural Sciences, Kansas State Normal School, 1893-94; worked for the United States Geological Survey, 1898-1904; chief hydrologist for the national corps of mining engineers of Peru, 1904-1906; geologist for the Division of Mines of the Philippine Bureau of Science, Manila, 1908-1910. Professor of geology at Pei Yang University, Tientsin, China, 1912-1915; at the Peking Government University, 1915-1920; Head of the Department of Geology and Mineralogy at the University of Alabama, 1920-1932; Director of the Geological Survey of Alabama, 1927-32. Author of many studies in scientific journals. Elected fellow of the Geology Society of America, 1902; member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the Mineralogical Society of America, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and and the Geological Society of Washington. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Died September 8, 1932.
Burchard,, Ernest F. “Memorial of George Irving Adams,” Bulletin of the Geological Society of America, Vol. XLIV (1933), 288-301.
Who Was Who in America, Vol. 1.
Common Economic Minerals and Rocks; A Laboratory Manual for Use in Connection with a Course in Physical Geology. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Edwards Brothers, 1924, 1931.
Geology and Water Resources of Patrick and Goshen Hole Quadrangles in Eastern Wyoming and Western Nebraska. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1902.
Gold Deposits of Alabama and Occurrence of Copper, Pyrite, Arsenic, and Tin. University, Ala.: Geological Survey of Alabama, 1930.
Molding Sands of Alabama, with Annotated Lists of the Foundries in Alabama and the Producers of Washed Sand and Gravel. University, Ala.: Geological Survey of Alabama, 1929.
Occurrence and Age of Certain Brown Ores in Alabama and Adjacent States. Lancaster, Pa.: Lancaster Press, n.d.
Oil and Gas Fields of the Western Interior and Northern Texas, and Coal Measures and the Upper Cretaceous and Tertiary of the Western Gulf Coast. Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1901.
An Outline Review of the Geology of Peru. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1909.
Significance of Invertebrate and Plant Fossils, and Interpretation of Geologic Maps, a Laboratory Manual for Use in Connection with Historical Geology. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Edwards Brothers, 1924.
Zinc and Lead Deposits of Northern Arkansas. Washington, D. C.: GPO, 1904.
Barite Deposits of Alabama. University, Ala.: Geological Survey of Alabama, 1940.
Economic Geology of the Iola Quadrangle. Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1904.
Fayette Folio: Arkansas-Missouri. Washington, D.C.: U. S. Geological Survey, 1905.
Geology of Alabama. University, Ala.: Geological Survey of Alabama, 1926.
Geology of the Eastern Choctaw Coal Field, Indian Territory. Washington, D.C.: Geological Survey of Alabama, 1900.
Gypsum Deposits in the United States. Washington, D.C.: Geological Survey of Alabama, 1904.
Stratigraphy and Paleontology of the Upper Carboniferous Rocks of the Kansas Section. Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1903.