Nevil Story Maskelyne

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Mervyn Herbert Nevil Story Maskelyne
Neville Story-Maskelyne by William Henry Fox Talbot.jpg
Portrait of Neville Story-Maskelyne taken by Henry Fox Talbot
Born(1823-09-03)3 September 1823
Died20 May 1911(1911-05-20) (aged 87)
Alma materWadham College, Oxford
Known forMeteorite classification
Spouse(s)Thereza Mary Llewelyn
AwardsWollaston Medal (1893)
Fellow of Wadham
Scientific career
InstitutionsBritish Museum

Mervyn Herbert Nevil Story Maskelyne (3 September 1823 – 20 May 1911) was an English geologist and politician.[1][2]

Scientific career[edit]

Educated at Wadham College, Oxford, Maskelyne taught mineralogy and chemistry at Oxford from 1851, before becoming a professor of mineralogy, 1856-95. He was Keeper of Minerals at the British Museum from 1857 to 1880.[3] He was made an honorary Fellow of Wadham in 1873.

Maskelyne was also a pioneer of photography and an associate of Fox Talbot.

The meteoritic mineral maskelynite was named after him.


Nevil was the eldest son of Antony Mervin Reeve Story and Margaret Maskelyne, the daughter of the Astronomer Royal, Nevil Maskelyne.[3] The family adopted the name of Maskelyne on Nevil's coming of age as they had inherited that family's estate at Basset Down in Wiltshire.

Nevil married Thereza Mary Llewelyn (1834 – 27 February 1926) on 29 June 1858.

Their daughter Mary married Hugh Oakeley Arnold-Forster on 29 July 1885, and Hugh and Mary's granddaughter Vanda Morton published Nevil's biography in 1987 (see references). Their daughter Thereza married Arthur William Rucker in 1892.

Political career[edit]

He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Cricklade[3] as a Liberal, 1880–1886, and as Liberal Unionist, 1886–1892, and a member of Wiltshire County Council, 1889–1904.

Selected publications[edit]

  • A guide to the collection of minerals (1862)
  • Mineralogical notes (1863)
  • Index to the collection of minerals: with references to the table cases in which the species to which they belong are exhibited at the British Museum (1866)
  • Mineralogical notices (1871)
  • Crystallography: Treatise on the Morphology of Crystals (1895) (Kessinger Publishing January 2008 ISBN 0-548-82536-X)
  • Maskelyne, Nevil Story (c. 1863). Catalogue of the Collection of Meteorites exhibited in the Mineral Department of the British Museum. London: Woodfall & Kinder.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Story-Maskelyne, Mervyn Herbert Nevil" . Dictionary of National Biography (2nd supplement). London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1912.
  2. ^ "Maskelyne, Mervyn Herbert Nevil Story". Who's Who. Vol. 59. 1907. p. 1188.
  3. ^ a b c Wikisource Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1922). "Story-Maskelyne, Mervyn Herbert Nevil" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 32 (12th ed.). London & New York. p. 579.
  • Vanda Morton : Oxford rebels : the life and friends of Nevil Story Maskelyne 1823–1911 : pioneer Oxford scientist, photographer and politician, 1987 ISBN 0-86299-456-X

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ambrose Lethbridge Goddard
Sir Daniel Gooch
Member of Parliament for Cricklade
With: Sir Daniel Gooch to 1885
Succeeded by
John Husband