Dana, James Dwight (1813-1895)

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Dana, James D. (James Dwight) (1813-1895)
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Mineralogist; Geologist; Artist; Draughtsman; Printmaker
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James Dwight Dana (1813-1895), mineralogist and geologist, was born on 12 February 1813 in Utica, United States, the eldest son of James Dana and his wife Harriet, née Dwight. After education in Utica...

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An eminent US scholar, considered to be "a towering figure in the history of geology". Dana's contribution to Australian geology was his description and mapping of the rock formations between the Hunter and Shoalhaven rivers.

sketcher and geologist, was born in Utica, New York, on 12 February 1813, eldest son of James Dana and Harriet, nee Dwight. He graduated from Yale University in 1833, and three years later became assistant to the Yale professor of natural history, Benjamin Silliman, whose daughter he married. Dana was appointed geologist to the United States Exploring Expedition under Charles Wilkes and set sail in the Peacock in August 1838. The expedition reached Sydney on 29 November 1839. Here Dana made the acquaintance of the colony’s natural historians, including Alexander Macleay and William Branwhite Clarke . Dana and Clarke made several geological excursions together, travelling to Toongabbie and Prospect on 26 December 1839 and again on 17 January 1840. A major contribution to Australian geology was Dana’s description and mapping of the rock formations between the Hunter and Shoalhaven rivers. Clarke and Dana spent the first two weeks of January in the Illawarra district, an expedition which apparently remained a pleasant memory, for in a letter to Clarke written in September 1851 Dana recalled that the 'Illawarra District is a perfect gem of a place for geology as well as for landscape beauty; it is one of the loveliest spots on the globe’. His sketches of the area included the spectacular basaltic columns at Kiama on the south coast which, he stated, 'will bear comparison with the rocks of Staffa’. It was during his two months in New South Wales that Dana first read (in the newspapers) a brief account ...

  • 29 November 1839

Flourished

  • fl. 1839 - 1856

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James Dana visited New South Wales in 1839-1840 as geologist to the United States Exploring Expedition.

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Dana, James Dwight
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Dana, James Dwight (1813-1895), mineralogist and geologist
    Mozley, Ann
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1966
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 1, 278-279
  3. James Dwight Dana and Sydney Basin Geology
    Middleton, R. G.; Jones, B. G. and Carr, P. F.
    Published: International Commission on the History of Geological Sciences, Sydney, 1994
    Series: Useful and Curious Geological Enquiries Beyond the World: Pacific-Asia Historical Themes: The 19th International INHIGEO Symposium, Sydney, Australia, 4-8 July, 1994, 163-171
  4. This Coral Episode: Darwin, Dana and the Coral Reefs in the Pacific
    Stoddart, David R.
    Published: University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, 1994
    Series: Darwin's Laboratory: Evolutionary Theory and Natural History in the Pacific, 21-48
  5. Encounters with James Dwight Dana
    Truswell, Elizabeth M.
    Published: 2012
    Series: TAG: Geological Society of Australia Newsletter, 164, 23-7
  6. Friends, Savants and Founders: W.B. Clarke and J.D. Dana
    Moyal, Ann
    Published: 2012
    Series: Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, 145, 54-8
  7. In the beginning: James Dwight Dana and the Wilkes Expedition
    Mason, Alan
    Published: 2006
    Series: Historical Studies Group Newsletter (Geological Society of New Zealand), 31, 16-33
  8. James Dwight Dana in New South Wales, 1839-1840
    Mozley, Ann
    Published: 1964
    Series: Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, 97, 185-91

Resources by James Dwight Dana (76)

  1. Third appendix to the sixth edition of Dana's System of mineralogy : completing the work to 1915 / by William E. Ford
    Ford, William E. (William Ebenezer), 1878-1939
    [ Book : 1915 ]
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  2. Manual of mineralogy : including observations on mines, rocks, reduction of ores, and the applications of the science to the arts ; designed for the use of schools and colleges$dby James D. Dana
    Dana, James Dwight, 1813-1895
    [ Book : 1860 ]
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  3. Science and the Bible : a review of "the six days of creation" of Prof. Tayler Lewis / by James D. Dana
    Dana, James Dwight, 1813-1895
    [ Book : 1856 ]
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  4. Manual of mineralogy : including observations on mines, rock, reduction of ores, and the applications of the science to the arts, with 260 illustrations, designed for the use of schools and colleges / by James D. Dana
    Dana, James Dwight, 1813-1895
    [ Book : 1862-1877 ]
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  5. Characteristics of volcanoes : with contributions of facts and principles from the Hawaiian Islands : including a historical review of Hawaiian volcanic action for the past sixty-seven years : a discussion of the relations of volcanic islands to deep ...
    Dana, James Dwight, 1813-1895
    [ Book, Microform : 1890 ]
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  6. On the four rocks of the New Haven region, East Rock, West Rock, Pine Rock, and Mill Rock : an illustration of the features of non-volcanic igneous ejections with a guide to walks and drives about New Haven / by James D. Dana
    Dana, James Dwight, 1813-1895
    [ Book, Microform : 1891-1987 ]
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  7. A system of mineralogy : including an extended treatise on crystallography : with an appendix containing the application of mathematics to crystallographic investigation and a mineralogical bibliography ... / by James Dwight Dana
    Dana, James Dwight, 1813-1895
    [ Book, Microform : 1837 ]
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  8. A system of mineralogy : comprising the most recent discoveries : with numerous wood cuts and four copper plates / James D. Dana
    Dana, James Dwight, 1813-1895
    [ Book : 1844 ]
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  9. On the four rocks of the New Haven region, East rock, West rock, Pine rock, and Mill rock, in illustration of the features of non-volcanic igneous ejections. : With a guide to walks and drives about New Haven. / By James D. Dana
    Dana, James Dwight, 1813-1895
    [ Book : 1891 ]
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  10. New text-book of geology New text-book of geology : designed for schools and academies
    Dana, James Dwight, 1813-1895
    [ Book : 1883 ]
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  1. Biographical memoir of James Dwight Dana, 1813-1895 / by Louis V. Pirsson. Presented to the Academy at the annual meeting, 1919
    Pirsson, Louis V. (Louis Valentine), 1860-1919
    [ Book : 1919 ]
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  2. Third appendix to the sixth edition of Dana's System of mineralogy : completing the work to 1915 / by William E. Ford
    Ford, William E. (William Ebenezer), 1878-1939
    [ Book : 1915 ]
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  3. James Dwight Dana
    Dana, Edward Salisbury, 1849-1935
    [ Book : 1895 ]
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  4. [James Dwight Dana, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left]
    [ Photograph : 1895 ]
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  5. Problems of American geology : a series of lectures dealing with some of the problems of the Canadian shield and of the Cordilleras / delivered at Yale University on the Silliman Foundation, in December, 1913, by William North Rice .. [et al.]
    Rice, William North, 1845-1928
    [ Book : 1915 ]
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  6. The life of James Dwight Dana : scientific explorer, mineralogist, geologist, zoologist, professor in Yale University / by Daniel C. Gilman ..
    Gilman, Daniel Coit 1831-1908
    [ Book, Microform : 1899 ]
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  7. Charles Wilkes papers
    Wilkes, Charles, 1798-1877
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  8. George F. Becker papers
    Becker, George F. (George Ferdinand), 1847-1919
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  9. Papers of A.D. Bache
    Bache, A. D. (Alexander Dallas), 1806-1867
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  10. Dana family papers
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  1. Moyal, Ann, (AM FRSN FAHA) (1926-2019)
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    ... Dana, James Dwight ... Agate, James ... in Crustacea: Atlas (1855) was noted by that volume’s author and illustrator, James Dwight Dana ... November 1839 to February 1840 with the natural historians from the ship and his fellow-artist, James Agate ...
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  1. Dana, James Dwight, 1857, (File), (from Papers of John Gould / Correspondence and Papers of John Gould (Z MSS GOU A-B) / Gould Correspondence (Z MSS GOU A) / Correspondence A-Daq (BOX 1))
    [ Unpublished : 1857 ]
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    Dana, James Dwight, 1857,  (File),  (from Papers of John Gould  / Correspondence and Papers of John Gould  (Z MSS GOU A-B) / Gould Correspondence  (Z MSS GOU A) / Correspondence A-Daq  (BOX 1))
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  2. John Russell Young papers
    Young, John Russell, 1840-1899
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  3. Papers of Elizur Wright
    Wright, Elizur, 1804-1885
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  1. The system of mineralogy of James Dwight Dana 1837-1868
    Dana, James Dwight
    [ Book : 1909 ]
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  2. The system of mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana / rewritten and enlarged by C. Palache, Harry Berman, and C. Frondel
    Palache, Charles
    [ Book : 1962 ]
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  3. Division of the bivalved mollusca described by James Dwight Dana 1847-1849 from the Permian of eastern Australia / J.B. Waterhouse
    Waterhouse, J. B. (John Bruce), 1932-
    [ Book : 1988 ]
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  4. Life of James Dwight Dana scientific explorer, mineralogist, geologist, zoologist, professor in Yale University / by Daniel C. Gilman
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    [ : 1899 ]
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  1. James Dwight Dana (1813-1895)
    Armstrong, Patrick
    [ Article : 1993 ]
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  2. The contrasting views of Charles Robert Darwin and James Dwight Dana: an early problem in Australian geology
    Armstrong, Patrick
    Journal of Australian Studies
    [ Article : 1993 ]
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  3. American lawn tennis : the official bulletin of the United States National Lawn Tennis Association
    Orcutt, William Dana, 1870-1953
    [ Periodical : 1898-1899 ]
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  4. Rev. W. B. Clarke, M.A., F.R.S., F.G.S., F.R.G.S. “The Father of Australian Geology.”
    Royal Australian Historical Society; By JAMES JERVIS, A.S.T.C. (Fellow)
    Journal and proceedings
    [ Article : 1944 ]
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  1. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO DECLARE DIVIDENDS
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Thursday 24 August 1972 [Issue No.79] p 24

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    ... William Arthur Henry Orth, Mathoura Street, Mathoura. (First and final) No. 312 of 1960—Re James Anzac ... , Wentworthville, painter. (First and final) No. 474 of 1960—Re Ross Joseph Dwight, 2 Railway Street, Cowra ... 453 words
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  2. Government Gazette Notices
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Tuesday 4 January 1938 [Issue No.1] p 1

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    Extract: LIST OF PERMANENT OFFICERS OF THE COMMONWEALTH SERVICE ON 30th JUNE, 1937. Printed and Published for the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia by L. F. ... 608853 words
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  3. No. 18. LIST OF LETTERS RETURNED FROM THE COUNTRY, AND NOW LYING AT THIS OFFICE UNCLAIMED.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Tuesday 8 October 1861 [Issue No.228] p 2119

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    ... Daly Miss A., Waterloo 17 Danas Mrs. S., Goulburn* 18 Daly Mrs., Murray River 19 Daw Aaron, Lang ... , Woilongong 89 Dunn Dan., Windsor 90 Dunleney Stephen, Burrangong 21 Dwight Geo., Orown Flat 92 Dwyer Pierce ... 8604 words
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  1. Death of Professor Dana.
    Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931) Tuesday 16 April 1895 p 4 Article
    ... York, Feb ruary 12, 1813. He graduated at Yale College in 1833, and was a teacher of mathematics in the ... American mineralogist and geologist. [Professor James Dwight Dana, LL.D., F.JA.S., was born at Utiea, New ... 318 words
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  2. DEATH OF PROFESSOR DANA. London, April 15.
    South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) Tuesday 16 April 1895 p 5 Article
    ... America. [James DwiebtDana, LL.D.,waa born at Utica, New York, February 12, 1813. He graduated at Yale ... Professor James Dwight Dana, Professor of Natural History and Geology in Yale College, United States of ... 310 words
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  3. DEATH OF PROFESSOR DANA. LONDON, April 15.
    Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser (Qld. : 1875 - 1902) Wednesday 17 April 1895 p 4 Article
    ... DEATH OF PROFESSOR DANA. LoSOftV. Anril 1R. _ death is announced of Professor James Dwigfit Dana ... 25 words
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