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Henry de la Beche

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Sir Henry De La Beche was a leading Chemist.

1835 First director general of the Geological Survey

Late 1840s: was a member of the Commission, with Dr. Lyon Playfair, appointed to report on the coals suited to the use of steamships by the Royal Navy. The experiments were made at the College for Civil Engineers at Putney, and were the first attempts at the systematic determination of the economic values of coal. The results were presented to Parliament in three Reports.

1851 Opened the school of instruction in Mining and Metallurgy (later part of the Royal School of Mines); it was located in the new buildings of the Museum of Practical Geology, Jermyn Street.

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