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Adam Sedgwick

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(1785–1873)

Woodwardian Professor of Geology at Cambridge, where he modernized the teaching of geology. He is best known for unravelling the stratigraphy of North Wales (the Cambrian System) which resulted in a quarrel with R. I. Murchison over the boundary between the Cambrian and Silurian Systems. He made important contributions to structural geology, distinguishing between stratification, jointing, and slaty cleavage.

Subjects: Philosophy — Earth Sciences and Geography.


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