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George Perkins Merrill (May 31, 1854 – August 15, 1929) was an American geologist, born at Auburn, Maine. He was educated at the University of Maine (B.S., 1879; Ph.D., 1889), was assistant in chemistry at Wesleyan University, Connecticut (1879–1880), and studied at Johns Hopkins (1886–1887). In 1881 he became assistant curator at the National Museum, Washington, D.C.. He also served as professor of geology and mineralogy at the Corcoran Scientific School of Columbian (now George Washington) University from 1893 to 1916, and was appointed head curator of the department of geology at the National Museum in 1897. In 1922 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. He wrote many periodical contributions, especially on meteorites.

Publications

His chief publications are:

  • Stones for Building and Decoration (1891; third edition, 1903)
  • A Treatise on Rocks, Rock-Weathering, and Soils (1897; second edition, 1906)
  • The Non-Metallic Minerals (1904; second edition, 1910)
  • The Fossil Forests of Arizona (1911)
  • The First Hundred Years of American Geology (1924)

External links

  • Stones for Building and Decoration (Online at Internet Archive)

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