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Roderick Impey Murchison, 1st baronet


Geologist and army officer. Served in the British army, 1807–15. Noted for his work on the Silurian system. President of the Geological Society of London, 1831–3 and 1841–3; of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1846; of the Royal Geographical Society of London, 1843–4, 1851, 1857–8, 1862–70. Director-general of the Geological Survey of Great Britain, 1855. Knighted, 1863; created baronet, 1866. FRS 1826.



Journal of the Royal Geographical Society



DSB: Dictionary of scientific biography. Edited by Charles Coulston Gillispie and Frederic L. Holmes. 18 vols. including index and supplements. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons. 1970–90.

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.