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Letters to Sir Andrew Crombie Ramsay, 1843-1879

Identifier: Coll-74/11/1

Scope and Contents

The Letters to Sir Andrew Crombie Ramsay sub-series consists of:

  1. 14 letters from a variety of European correspondents concerning geological papers and research (1843-1879).


  • Creation: 1843-1879


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Physical Description

14 letters None which affect the use of this material

Biographical / Historical

Sir Archibald Geikie (1835-1924) wrote memoirs of a number of scientists who were his contemporaries, including Sir Roderick Impey Murchison (1792-1871) and Edward Forbes (1815-1854). He worked largely from original papers and letters of his former colleagues, collecting or borrowing them for this purpose.

His publication Memoir of Sir Andrew Crombie Ramsay, ( 1895) was well received and it is likely that these letters were collected during the preparation for this work.

Sir Andrew Crombie Ramsay(1814-1891)had a distinguished geological career. He preferred to concentrate on stratigraphy, rather than the more fashionable palaeontology. After employment with the Geological Survey of Great Britain, Sir Ramsay became professor of geology at University College, London in 1847. A period of teaching at the newly formed School of Mines was also undertaken. He returned to the Geological Survey of Great Britain as senior director for England and Wales in 1862, rising to director general in 1871. Sir Ramsay was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1862 and president of the Geological Society from 1862-1864.


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