Robert Jameson (1774 - 1854)

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Birthplace: Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland
Death: Died in Edinburgh, Scotland
Occupation: Scottish naturalist and mineralogist
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Biographical Summary

Jameson, Robert. 11/07/1774-19/04/1854. Ref: 804. Male.

  • Place of Birth: Leith, Edinburgh.
  • Place of Death: 21 Royal Circus, Edinburgh.
  • Place of interment: Warriston Cemy. Edinburgh.
  • Profession: Geologist, Mineralogist.
  • Appointments Held: Professor 1804-54, Natural History and Keeper of Natural History Museum, Edinburgh University; 1819-26 Co-editor with Brewster, Edinburgh Philosophical Journal, Editor 1826-54 Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal.
  • Schools and Tutors: Leith Grammar School.
  • Training: Apprentice to John Cheyne, Leith Surgeon.
  • Undergraduate Studies: Edinburgh University 1792-3.
  • Postgraduate Studies: Berg Akademie, Freiburg, Saxony 1801-3.
  • Publications: "Mineralogy of the Scottish Isles", Mineralogy of Dumfries", "On the External Character of Minerals", "System of Mineralogy and Geognosy", "Manual of Mineralogy and Mountain Rocks".
  • Marital Status: Unmarried.
  • Mother: Catherine Paton1750-94.
  • Father: Thomas Jameson c1750-1802,soap manufacturer, Leith.
  • Other Family: Uncle of Thomas Jameson Torrie FRSE 1808-58 and William Jameson FRSE 1815-82.
  • References: DNB 29, 1892,234-5; Proc Roy Soc, 7, 1856, 276-7; Anderson 2, 563-5; J Ritchie "A Double Centenary-Two Notable Naturalists,Robert Jameson and Edward Forbes",Proc Roy Soc Edinb, 66B, 1956, 29-58; J M Sweet, Introduction in "The Wernerian Theory of the Neptunian Origin of Rocks" by Robert Jameson ed. G W White in Contributions to the History of Geology, vol.9, 1976, xii-xxiv; Shapin 272; S Devlin-Thorp Scotland's Cultural Heritage, 1, 1981; A Livingstone, Minerals of Scotland Past And Present, Edinburgh, 2002,34-43; W P Anderson 1931, 725.
  • Memberships: FRS (1826), MRIA(Hon), Royal Dublin Society (Hon), MWS(President 1808), FSA(Scot), FLS, FGS, Highland Society(1820), Asiatic Society Calcutta (Hon).
  • Date of Election: 24/06/1799.
  • Proposers: Andrew Coventry, Thomas Charles Hope, Andrew Duncan (Minute 01/04/1799 NLS Acc10,000/4).
  • Service to the RSE: Councillor (Physical) 1816-19, Councillor 1828-31,1833-5.
  • Fellow Type: OF.

SOURCE: Waterston, Charles D; Macmillan Shearer, A (July 2006). Biographical index of former fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1783-2002: Biographical Index. I. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of Edinburgh. ISBN 978-0-902198-84-5. page 481

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1774
July 11, 1774
Edinburgh, Scotland
1854
April 19, 1854
Age 79
Edinburgh, Scotland
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Edinburgh, Scotland