Alphonse Briart

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Alphonse Briart (1825–1898) was supervisor of the coal mines at Bascoup and Mariemont near Morlanwelz in the Hainaut province of Belgium, and a geologist who studied that region. During the period 1863-1896 he and Francois Cornet published a number of books and papers describing fossils and geological structures found near Mons. They devised theories - now generally accepted - as to the geological history of the region. After Cornet's death in 1887, Briart continued to write alone.

The mineral Briartite is named for his grandson, Gaston Briart.

Life events[edit]

  • 1825 Born at Chapelle-lez-Herlaimont
  • 1844 Graduates with diplôme d’ingénieur from the École des Mines in Mons
  • 1844 Practical mining training at Mons
  • 1846 Joins the coal mines of Mariemont and Bascoup
  • 1855 Marries Elise Deltenre
  • 1863 First geological publication, in collaboration with Fr. Cornet
  • 1866 A. Briart and Fr. Cornet receive gold medal of Société des sciences, arts, et lettres du Hainaut for a paper on the Cretaceous terrain of Hainaut.
  • 1867 Flint discoveries at Mesvin with Cornet & de Lehaie
  • 1867 Correspondent member, Royal Academy of Belgium
  • 1868 Named Chief Engineer of the coal mines of Mariemont and Bascoup
  • 1871 Founder member of Société géologique de Belgique
  • 1874 Full member, Royal Academy of Belgium
  • 1875 Chevalier de l’Ordre de Léopold
  • 1877 Publishes memoir Sur le relief du sol en Belgique après les temps paléozoïques
  • 1888 President, the alumni association of the École des Mines in Hainaut
  • 1890 Officier de l’Ordre de Léopold
  • 1894 Receives décoration spéciale de première class for promoters/administrators of mutual societies
  • 1894 Publishes La Géologie des environs de Fontaine-l'Évêque et de Landelies
  • 1895 Geological trip to Chile
  • 1897 Commandeur de l’Ordre de Léopold
  • 1898 Dies at Morlanwelz

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