ROLAND DUER IRVING, Ph. D.


From History of Dane County, Wisconsin, publ. by Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1880, page 1003

ROLAND DUER IRVING, Ph. D., Professor of geology and Mineralogy in the University of Wisconsin; he was born in New York City in 1847; his early education was obtained at home; he received most of his classical preparation from his father, Pierre IRVING, who was a nephew of Washing IRVING, and an Episcopal clergyman of literary tastes and habits; his grandfather, John DUER was many years Chief Justice of the New York Superior Court; the last three years of his college preparation were spent at a German private school in New Brighton, on Staten Island, N.Y., where his parents had resided since he was two years of age; he entered Columbia College, New York City, in the Freshman Class in 1863, and continued at that institution and the school of mines connected therewith, six years, graduating in 1869 as Master of Art and Engineer of Mines; while a student in college in 1866, he spent six months in Europe; while in the school of mines he was also Assistant Engineer of a large anthracite colliery; the season of 1869, after graduation, was spent upon the Ohio Geological Survey; he did independent work, the results of which appear in the Ohio Geological Report for 1874; the season of 1870 he was metallurgist of a gold and silver smelting works near Jersey City, N.J., and while there he was elected to the chair of Geology, Mining and Metallurgy in the University of Wisconsin; he entered upon his official duties in the institution in December 1870, and has ever since filled the same chair. At the commencement of his labors he started a metallurgical laboratory, fitted out with furnaces and other appliances; he also introduced laboratory instruction in mineralogy; his department now includes not only instruction in geology, mineralogy, metallurgy and assaying, but the charge of the geological and mineralogical cabinets. Although he has had so many different things to engage his attention, he has become more and more a specialist in geology and mineralogy, to which branches it is his hope to devote himself largely in the future. Prof. IRVING is in the strict sense of the word, a scientist; he has made an excellent reputation at home and abroad, especially as a geologist; in April 1873, he was appointed Assistant State Geologist, and has retained that position under the various managements of that department of State scientific labor; his report is the only comprehensive one ever made upon the geology of Central Wisconsin. He is a member of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters; his articles and publications have placed him in a prominent position among the scientific men of the United States; reference to many of his reports and scientific labors will be found elsewhere in this volume. He was married, in August, 1872, to Miss McCULLOCH, daughter of John McCULLOCH, of Baltimore.


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