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Papers of Robert Jameson

Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Division


Series Summary

Reference Code

GB 0237 Robert Jameson Gen. 122



Extent and medium of the unit of description



Name of creator

Jameson | Robert | 1774-1854 | geologist and professor of natural history, University of Edinburgh

Biographical History

Biographical History

Robert Jameson was Professor of Natural History at Edinburgh for fifty years. He looked after the University's Natural History Collection and expanded its holdings immensely, and he explored and published in geology, mineralogy, zoology and botany, particulary in Scotland. He also presided over the Wernerian Natural History Society and edited the Edinburgh Philosophical Journal.

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

Notes consists of:

  • a packet labelled 'Magnetism' and 'fossil organic remains', containing handwritten text, possibly course notes, on magnetism within the earth, and gravitational fields across the planetary system, which includes commentary on comets by Cicero.
  • Notes follow on limestone, coral islands, and magnetic variation. The bulk of the loose papers are mineralogical notes, often commentary on Werner, organized in no clear way; jotted drawings, and occasional printed plates, such as of an 'ornithocephalus' found in Germany.
  • In a separate folder is a manuscript extract from Pouillet's Elemens de Physique Experimentale et de Meteorologie. The box contains also a 1967 note on Jameson's Remarks on Chenevix, by Dr JM Sweet.





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