Parker Cleaveland

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Parker Cleaveland
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Born (1780-01-15)January 15, 1780
Rowley, Massachusetts, USA
Died August 15, 1858(1858-08-15) (aged 78)
Brunswick, Maine, USA
Fields Chemistry, Mathematics, Philosophy
Institutions Bowdoin College
Alma mater Harvard University
Known for Published a treatise on Mineralogy and Geology

Parker Cleaveland (1780–1858) was an American geologist and mineralogist, born in Rowley, Massachusetts.

He was identified with the early progress of the natural sciences. After having attending the Dummer Academy in Byfield, Massachusetts, he graduated from Harvard in 1799, was tutor in mathematics there from 1803 to 1805, was chosen professor of mathematics and natural philosophy and lecturer on chemistry and mineralogy in Bowdoin College, a position which he retained until his death, although many professorships in other colleges and the presidency of his own were offered to him.

He gathered a valuable collection of minerals and published a treatise on Mineralogy and Geology (1816; third edition, 1856), which earned for him the title "Father of American Mineralogy."

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