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Sir Roderick Impey Murchison, Scottish geologist, 1854-1866
Science Museum, London, UK
Sir Roderick Impey Murchison, Scottish geologist, 1854-1866. Studio portrait photograph by Maull and Polyblank of Sir Roderick Impey Murchison (1792-1871). A former soldier, Murchison was among the last of the independently wealthy gentleman geologists. He modernised geological thinking about time scales, naming the Silurian, co-naming the Devonian (with Adam Sedgwick, 1785-1873), and developing the modern classification of the Paleozoic period. From 1840 to 1845, he headed the Geological Survey of the Russian empire. Struck with the resemblance between the Ural mountains and Australian chains, he foreshadowed the discovery of gold in Australia in 1844. His principal works were 'The Silurian System' (1839) and 'The Geology of Russia in Europe and the Urals' (1845). He was knighted in 1846. Dimensions: 200mm x 150mm. ©SSPL/Science Museum
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