Lucien Cayeux

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Lucien Cayeux
Born (1864-03-16)March 16, 1864
Died November 1, 1944(1944-11-01) (aged 80)
Fields Geology
Institutions Collège de France
Known for Pioneering petrography of sedimentary rocks
Notable awards Member, French Academy of Sciences

Lucien Cayeux (March 16, 1864–November 1, 1944) was a French sedimentary petrographer.

In 1902, he joined the l'Ecole des Mines and become a professor of geology. In 1912, he was named as professor of geology at the Collège de France. He was admitted to the Académie des Sciences in 1928.

He is noted for his study of sediments with the polarizing microscope, and was one of the pioneers in this field.


  • "Études des Gites Minéraux de la France", 1906.
  • "Les Minerais de Fer Oolithiques de France", 1909.
  • "Introduction à l'étude Pétrographique des Roches Sédimentaires", 1916.
  • "Les Roches Sédimentaires de France", 1929.
  • "Les Phosphates de Chaux Sédimentaire de France", 1941.
  • "Causes Anciennes et Causes Actuelles en Géologie", 1941.

He also published a number of scientific papers.

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