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Biographical entry Simpson, Edward Sydney (1875 - 1939)

11 March 1875
Woollaha, New South Wales, Australia
30 August 1939
Mineralogist and Chemist


Edward Simpson, having just completed his BE in mining and metallurgy at the University of Sydney, was appointed the inaugural mineralogist and assayer to the Geological Survey of Western Australia in 1897. He was given control of the combined laboratories of the Health, Agriculture and Mines Departments in 1922 and these became the Government Chemical Laboratories. He was awarded a DSc by the University of Western Australia in 1919. His major monograph, the definitive "Minerals of Western Australia" was completed after his death by others and published in three volumes in 1948, 1951 and 1952.

Archival resources

State Records Office of Western Australia

  • Edward Sydney Simpson - Records, 1896 - 1939, ACC 2776, AN 539; State Records Office of Western Australia. Details

Western Australian Museum

  • Edward Sydney Simpson - Records, 1900 - 1939; Western Australian Museum. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

  • Prider, Rex T., 'Simpson, Edward Sydney (1875-1939), Mineralogist and Geochemist', in Geoffrey Serle (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 11, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1988, pp. 610-611. Also available at Details

Conference Papers

  • Laporte, L. F., 'Australia's Place in Simpson's Biogeography', in D. F. Branagan and G. H. McNally (eds), Useful and Curious Geological Enquiries beyond the World: Pacific-Asia Historical Themes: The 19th International INHIGEO Symposium, Sydney, Australia, 4-8 July, 1994, International Commission on the History of Geological Sciences, Sydney, 1994, pp. 7-13. Details

Journal Articles

  • 'Obituary: Dr. E. S. Simpson', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 2, no. 2, 1939, p. 50. Details
  • Bevan, A. W. R., 'The Western Australian Museum Meteorite collection', Geological Society, London, Special Publications, vol. 256, 2006, pp. 305-23. Details
  • Bevan, A. W. R. and Downes, P. J., 'Mineralogy at the Western Australian Museum', Australian Journal of Mineralogy, vol. 6, no. 2, 2000, pp. 93-100. Details
  • Hall, Edgar and Simpson, Edward S., 'The Russell Process (of Silver Lixiviation) in Australia', Report of the Seventh Meeting of the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science, vol. 7, Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science, Sydney, 1898, pp. 307-327. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.