Webster, Thomas, 1773-1844

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Thomas Webster was born in 1773 in the Orkneys. He was educated at Aberdeen, but soon moved to London, where he studied architecture and agriculture. After completing his studies, he travelled through England and France gaining practice as an architect. In 1779, he was appointed to the post of clerk of the works with the newly established Royal Institution, the building for which he designed.

On deciding to follow a career in geology, he acted as curator, draughtsman and librarian to the Geological Society from 1812-26, and as house-secretary, 1819-27. His work with the society included a great deal of editorial work on their Transactions. Webster's published papers are relatively few in number, but are all known as classic texts on their respective subjects. His work focused upon the Tertiary and Cretaceous, and, to a certain extent, the Jurassic strata of the South of England, 1814-27. Later in life, he delivered lectures in geology to, and on behalf of, various educational and scientific bodies, becoming the University of London's first Professor of Geology in 1841. He died in 1844 at his London home. Today his name is associated with the rare British mineral, Websterite.

From the guide to the Thomas Webster Papers, 1814-1844, (Aberystwyth University)

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creatorOf Sedgwick, Adam, 1785-1873. Letters. Smithsonian Institution. Libraries
referencedIn Correspondence and geological papers of Thomas Webster, 1811-1815 University of Southampton Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn Murchison, Roderick Impey, Sir, 1792-1871. Correspondence, 1829-1871. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn Rumford, Benjamin, Graf von, 1753-1814. Letter, 1800 Jan. 26, Broadlands, to Thomas Garnett, London. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Sir Roderick Impey Murchison correspondence, 1829-1871, 1829-1871 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Nicholson, Peter, 1765-1844. Autograph letter signed : Glasgow, to Thomas Webster in London, 1799 Dec. 7. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Thomas Webster Papers, 1814-1844 Aberystwyth University
referencedIn Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, 1668-1983, Bulk, 1750-1850, 1668-1983 American Philosophical Society
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Birth 1773

Death 1844-12-26



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