George Thurland Prior

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George Thurland Prior
Born (1862-12-16)16 December 1862
Oxford, England
Died 8 March 1936(1936-03-08) (aged 73)
Nationality British
Alma mater Magdalen College, Oxford
Occupation Mineralogist, Meteoriticist, Keeper of Mineralogy (1909 - 1927)
Employer Natural History Museum, British Museum
Known for Meteorite classification
Awards Murchison Medal (1927)

George Thurland Prior FRS[1] (16 December 1862 – 8 March 1936) was a British mineralogist. He made great contributions to mineralogical chemistry, petrology and meteoritics.[2]

He was born in Oxford, England, and attended Magdalen College there in 1881. He received a first class in the Honour School in Chemistry in 1885 and Physics in 1886. Later he went to study in Germany. He obtained his Doctor of Science degree from Oxford University in 1905.

He entered the British Museum in 1887, where he was Keeper of Minerals from 1909 to 1927. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1912.

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  1. ^ Spencer, L. J. (1936). "George Thurland Prior. 1862-1936". Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society. 2 (5): 150. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1936.0012. JSTOR 769135. 
  2. ^ s., W. C. (1936). "Dr. G. T. Prior, F.R.S". Nature. 137 (3464): 485. doi:10.1038/137485a0.