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Harkness, Robert, 1816-1878 (British geologist and zoologist | Professor of Geology, Queen's College Cork)



  • Existence: 18 July 1816 - 4 October 1878

Biographical Note:

Robert Harkness studied at the University of Edinburgh between 1833 and 1834, under Robert Jameson and J.D. Forbes, where he gleaned a keen interest in geology. On his return to his home in Ormskirk, he studied the local geology, coal measures and sandstone in particular. His papers were read before the Geological Society of London. In 1853 he was made Professor of Geology in Queen's College Cork, and was elected fellow of the Royal Society in 1856.

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Correspondence to Sir Archibald Geikie: Robert Harkness to Francis John Haverfield, 1872-1915

Identifier: Coll-74/11/22
Scope and Contents

The Correspondence to Sir Archibald Geikie: Robert Harkness to Francis John Haverfield sub-series consists of:

  1. 18 letters, alphabetically arranged (1872-1915)
Dates: 1872-1915

Letter to Sir Archibald Geikie from John Hutton Balfour, 30 March 1878

Identifier: Coll-74/11/8/8
Scope and Contents

Letter to Sir Archibald Geikie from John Hutton Balfour asking if he can procure an obituary for Professor Robert Harkness for the Royal Society [of Edinburgh]. He arranges to talk about Geikie's paper on metamorphic rocks when they meet.

Dates: 30 March 1878

Letters from Harkness, Robert to Charles Lyell, 1 October 1855 - 29 January 1873

 File — Box Box 1.5: Series Coll-203/1 (Lyell 1)
Identifier: Coll-203/1/118
Scope and Contents

Letters contain:
Sidlaw and Strathmore section map sketch in,
Bridge of Allan to Callender section map sketch in,
Loose yellow geological specimens relating to Moel Tryfan geology relates to letter 5th April 1864 "a considerable quantity of flint-chips among the shell beds two of which I send you"
Criticims of Antiquity of Man.

Dates: 1 October 1855 - 29 January 1873

Student Records, 1839

Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/C2/3
Scope and Contents

Records of chemistry students with index. Students include Philip Whiteside Maclagan, Robert Harkness and William Benjamin Carpenter.

Dates: 1839

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Professional Interaction 2
Biography 1
Chemistry 1
Class List 1
Geology, Research 1