Henry John Carter

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Henry John Carter
Born (1813-08-18)18 August 1813
Budleigh Salterton, Devon, United Kingdom
Died 4 May 1895(1895-05-04) (aged 81)
Budleigh Salterton, Devon, United Kingdom
Residence United Kingdom
Nationality British
Alma mater University College
Known for Geology of the Western India
Awards 1872 Royal Medal of the Royal Society
Scientific career
Fields Geology
Institutions Her Majesty's Indian Service, Bombay Establishment

Henry John Carter, FRS (18 August 1813 – 4 May 1895) was a surgeon working in Bombay, India, who carried out work in geology and zoology. He worked as an army surgeon in Bombay from 1859 on Her Majesty's Indian Service, Bombay Establishment. He edited a collection of geological papers on Western India, including a summary of the geology of India, which was published in 1857. Many items of his published work appeared in the journal of the Bombay Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, and in the Annals of Natural History. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1859.

Personal life[edit]

Henry retired in 1862 with the rank of Surgeon-Major and settled in his native place, Budleigh Salterton where he then married in 1864. On 4 October 1888 he suffered from a paralytic attack which impaired his speech and eyesight. In the spring of 1895 his health declined seriously, and he died on the evening of 4 May.[1]


He was awarded the Royal Society's Royal Medal in 1872 for "...his long continued and valuable researches in zoology, and more especially for his inquiries into the natural history of the Spongiadae."[2]


  1. ^ Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. 1895. Volume 58, page lv.
  2. ^ Royal Society. Royal archive winners prior to 1900 Verified 2011-01-21.


  • Entry for Carter in the Royal Society's Library and Archive catalogue's details of Fellows (accessed 24 April 2008)