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Sir Roderick Impey Murchison, 22 Feb 1792 â 22 Oct 1871. Carte De Visite photograph. Scottish geologist first described the Silurian system, the oldest fossil bearing rocks then known. Later as President of the Royal Geographical Society, he expanded Britain's research reach worldwide. He was awarded prestigious medals in recognition of his work from Britain, Russia and Brazil. His fame has wained in the last century. These include: Mount Murchison in Antarctica; Mount Murchison, British Columbia, Murchison Island in the Queen Charlotte Islands; Murchison Falls (Uganda); and the Murchison River in Western Australia (the Roderick River and the Impey River are its tributaries).
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