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BARRETT, Lucas (1837-1862)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 378 LDGSL/719
Held at: Geological Society of London
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Full title: BARRETT, Lucas (1837-1862)
Date(s): 1859
Level of description: Series
Extent: 1 map
Name of creator(s): BARRETT | Lucas | 1837-1862 | geologist and oceanographer


Administrative/Biographical history:

Lucas Barrett was born on 14 November 1837 in London. He was the eldest son of George Barrett, an iron-founder of 247 Tottenham Court Road. In 1847 he was sent to school in Royston, Hertfordshire, where he collected fossils from the local chalk pits as a hobby. He transferred to University College School, in Gower Street, London, in 1851 but during the holidays he would stay with relatives in Cambridge and it was there he made the acquaintance of Adam Sedgwick for whom he would later work as Curator at the Woodwardian Museum in Cambridge between 1855-1859.

It was during Barrett's time as Woodwardian Curator that he published his geological map of the Cambridge. First issued in 1857, it was reprinted a number of times over the years.

Barrett was elected Fellow of the Geological Society in 1855.


Scope and content/abstract:

'Geological map of the Neighbourhood of Cambridge', by Lucas Barrett, 1859. Geological colouring with printed key on base map Ordnance Survey, one inch (Old Series) quarter sheet no.51 (SW Cambridge), by Lt Col Thomas Frederick Colby, published 1 June 1836.

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Copies, subject to copyright and the condition of the original, may be supplied. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archivist.

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Archivist's note:
Sources: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography; Donovan, S (ed). 'Jamaican Rock Stars, 1823-1971', Geological Society of America Memoir 205 (2010); Description by John Thackray; revised by Caroline Lam.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
June 1985; October 2012

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