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Robert Alfred Cloyne Austen (1808–1854)
Robert Alfred Cloyne Godwin-Austen (1854–1884)


Geologist. Noted for his work on the stratigraphy of southern England. Predicted the existence of coal-bearing strata in the south-east of England. Secretary of the Geological Society of London, 1843–4 and 1853–4. Assumed the additional name Godwin from 1854. FRS 1849.





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ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.