Robert Bakewell (geologist)

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Robert Bakewell (1768 – 15 August 1843) was an English geologist.


He was an able observer, and deserving of mention as one of the earliest teachers of general and practical geology. From 1811 onwards, he lectured on geology all over the country, exhibiting sections of rock formation and a geological map, the first of its kind.[1]

His Introduction to Geology (1813) contained much sound information, and reached a fifth edition in 1838. The second edition was translated and published in Germany, and the third and fourth editions were reprinted in America by Professor Silliman of Yale College. He died at Hampstead on 15 August 1843.[2]


  • Introduction to Geology (1813 / 1815 / 1833 / 1838)[3]
  • Introduction to Mineralogy (1819)
  • Travels comprising Observations made during a Residence in the Tarentaise, &c. (2 vols., 1823).
  • Suggestions Relative to the Philosophy of Geology, as Deduced from the Facts (1839, online)

For Rees's Cyclopædia he contributed articles on Geology, Mineralogy, Rock, Strata, Wool and Worsted.


  1. ^ Humphreys 1885, p. 22.
  2. ^ Chisholm 1911.
  3. ^ 2nd ed. 1815 online, 4th ed. (enlarged) 1833 online, 5th ed. (enlarged) 1838 online

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