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Royal Geological Society of Cornwall

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The Royal Geological Society of Cornwall is a geological society based in Cornwall.

The Society was founded in 1814 to promote the study of the geology of Cornwall, and is the second oldest geological society in the world.

The first President of the society was Davies Gilbert, the first Secretary John Ayrton Paris, and other notable members include Humphry Davy (some of whose papers are held by the Society), and William Gregor, who discovered titanium.

The society is based in Penzance.

Notable people associated with the society

  • Francis Arthur Bather (1863–1934), palaeontologist, geologist and malacologist.
  • Edward Budge (1800–1865), geologist and theologian.
  • Elizabeth Catherine Thomas Carne (1817–1873), geologist and author.
  • Richard Quiller Couch (1816–1863), naturalist and medical practitioner.
  • Richard Edmonds (1801–1886), antiquary and geologist.
  • John Hawkins (1761–1841), traveller and geologist.
  • John Mawe (1766–1829), mineralogist and dealer in minerals.
  • Matthew Paul Moyle (1788–1856), surgeon and geologist.
  • John Rogers (1778–1856), CofE clergyman and biblical scholar.

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