Warington Wilkinson Smyth M.A., F.R.S.


1817 Born at Naples, son of Admiral W.H. Smyth D.C.L., F.R.S., etc. and of daughter of British Consul at Naples, Thomas Warington.
Educated at Westminster and Bedford Schools and Trinity College, Cambridge.
1839 Took B.A. degree. Gained travelling bachelorship and travelled for four years in Germany, Austria, Hungary, European Turkey and Asia Minor, studying mineral products and mining industries.
1844 Returned to England.
1845 Appointed to Geological Survey. Memoir Vol. II part 2 (1848), essays in….
1851 On formation of Royal School of Mines, became lecturer on mineralogy (till 1881) and mining (till 1890).
Appointed Inspector of Mineral Property of the Duchy of Cornwall, then Chief Mineral Inspector to the Crown.
1856 – 1866 Hon. Secretary Geological Society.
1856 Published “A year with the Turks”.
1866 – 1867 President of Geological Society.
1867 Published “A rudimentary treatise on coal and coal mining”.
1874 Appointed Chairman of Royal Commission on Accidents in Coal Mines.
1874 – 1890 Foreign Secretary of Geological Society.
1887 Knighted.
1890 Died June 19th.

Biographies and Obituaries

1890 Obituary - Sir Warington Wilkinson Smyth, M.A., F.R.S. Born 1817, died 19th June 1890. Geologists Magazine. New Series. v. 7 p.383-384. 1890
Obituary. [Source unknown - held with ms.]
Obituary by F.W. Rudler. [Source unknown - held with ms.]
1890 Times 20th June 1890. [Copy held with ms.]