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Henry F. Blanford, F.R.S


MR. H. F. BLANFORD, whose death was noticed in last week's NATURE, was born in Bouverie Street, Whitefriars, in the City of London, in 1834. He was one of the students who entered the Royal School of Mines at its commencement in 1851, and after distinguishing himself by taking the first Duke of Cornwall's Scholarship, he studied for a year at Freiberg in Saxony. In 1855 he and his brother, Mr. W. T. Blanford, received appointments on the Geological Survey of India, and they landed in Calcutta at the end of September in that year. Mr. H. F. Blanford remained on the Geological Survey till 1862, when he resigned, his health having suffered from the exposure incidental to geological surveying in India. His most important work whilst engaged on the Survey was the examination of the cretaceous beds of the neighbourhood of Trichinopoly, his classification of which, founded to a considerable extent on palæontological data, has been thoroughly confirmed by Dr. F. Stoliczka's well-known description of the fauna. Mr. Blanford had previously, during his first season's work in India, by separating the Talchir strata, with their remarkable boulder bed,. from the true coal-bearing, or Damuda rocks, taken the first step in what for so long was one of the most difficult tasks set before the Indian Geological Survey—the stratigraphical arrangement of the complex of beds subsequently known as the Gondwana system.

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Henry F. Blanford, F.R.S. Nature 47, 322–323 (1893).

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