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Mr. R. B. Newton, I.S.O

Naturevolume 117page165 (1926) | Download Citation

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RICHARD BULLEN NEWTON, lately senior assistant in the Geological Department of the British Museum, was bom in London on February 23, 1854. His father was Librarian and his uncle (Mr. E. T. Newton, F.R.S.) Palaeontologist to the Geological Survey. He was educated at the Central London Foundation School, Cowper Street, entering there as one of the first scholars. At the age of thirteen years, Newton obtained work at the Geological Survey, and in 1873 became one of the assistant naturalists under Huxley. In 1880 he was transferred to the British Museum and was soon engaged in the removal of the geological collections from Bloomsbury, and the rearrangement in their new home at South Kensington. He became an expert conchologist and especially interested himself in the Tertiary Mollusca, issuing a systematic list of the Edwards Collection in 1891. Other contributions flowed from his pen, to the number of about a hundred; many of them, though professedly systematic reports on collections of fossils sent to the Museum from distant regions, constituted considerable additions to our geological knowledge of Africa, Asia, and the near East. Another branch of his work was the study of the Foraminifera as guides to geological horizons.

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