Alexander Murray (geologist)
2 June 1810|
Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland
|Died||18 December 1884(aged 74)|
|Institutions||Geological Survey of Newfoundland|
|Known for||Geology of Newfoundland|
Murray was born in Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland. He worked as a geologist in the United Kingdom and Canada, before moving to Newfoundland in 1864 to become the first director of the Geological Survey of Newfoundland. His first major task was to produce a reliable topographical map of the interior of the island. Murray did detailed work in the area between Hall's Bay and St. George's Bay, as well as the area surrounding Conception, Placentia and St. Mary's bays. He also mapped parts of the Great Northern Peninsula and central Newfoundland.
Poor health caused him to return to Scotland in 1883.