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Warington Wilkinson Smyth

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Sir Warington Wilkinson Smyth (1817–1890), mining engineer and geologist

1817 born at San Giovanni, Naples on 28 August 1817, the eldest son of William Henry Smyth (1788–1865)

Educated at Westminster and Bedford schools, and at Trinity College, Cambridge. Smyth became interested in mineralogy and geology while at Cambridge.

1844 Appointed as mining geologist to the Geological Survey.

1851 he joined the new school of mines, first as lecturer in mining and mineralogy, and later as professor.

1852 he was appointed as mineral surveyor to the duchy of Cornwall

1857 Became chief inspector of crown minerals. Ended his appointment to the Geological Survey.

1858 Elected a fellow of the Royal Society

1864 married Anna Maria Antonia Story-Maskelyne.

1879 Appointed chairman of the Royal Commission on Accidents in Mines.

1887 knighted

1890 died aged 73 at 5 Inverness Terrace, London. [1]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1890/06/27
  • Biography of Sir Warington Wilkinson Smyth, ODNB
  • The Engineer 1875/05/14