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Biographical entry Pearson, Alfred Naylor (1856 - 1933)

Born
17 May 1856
Halton, Yorkshire, England
Died
5 August 1933
Brighton, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Chemist and Agriculturalist

Summary

Alfred Pearson was educated at the Royal School of Mines in London. He held a variety of professional positions in India including Professor of Biology at the University of Kutch; Curator of the Victoria and Albert Museum (Kutch, 1878) and shortly afterwards became resident engineer of an Indian mining company. In 1885 Pearson migrated to Australia where he worked as a chemist for government departments and was particularly active in experimental agriculture. He wrote "Manures and Manuring" in 1895 and many popular articles for newspapers. He set up a demonstration farm, Holton Grange, in 1907 but it was unsuccessful.

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1877 - 1878
Career position - Worked on developing the mineral resources of Kutch, India
1878 - c. 1883
Career position - Professor of Biology at the University of Kutch and Curator of the Victoria and Albert Museum in Kutch
1883 - c. 1885
Career position - Temporary Head of the meteorological department in West India
1885
Career position - University Examiner in Melbourne
1886 - 1902
Career position - Chemist for government departments
1888
Career position - Member of the royal commission on the introduction of contagious diseases amongst rabbits
1889
Career position - Search for Knowledge and Other Papers published
1890
Career position - Member of the Intercolonial Rust in Wheat Conference
1895 - 1896
Career position - Gave evidence to the inquiry into the butter industry in Victoria
1902 - 1907
Career position - Head of the Department of Agriculture in Natal, South Africa

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

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Journal Articles

  • Pearson, A.N., 'Analyses of Soils', The Australasian Journal of Pharmacy, 2 (1887), 394-395. Details
  • Pearson, A.N., 'Science and Farming.', The Journal of the National Agricultural Society of Victoria (March issue (1889), 11-12, No. 45, pp. 11-12. Details
  • Pearson, A.N., 'A.N. Pearson', The Scientific Australian : a popular quarterly journal devoted to the arts and industries, 2 (1897), 37. Details
  • Pearson, A.N., 'Notes on Some Simple Laboratory Contrivances', Report of the Seventh Meeting of the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science, 7 (1898), 339. Details
  • Pearson, A.N., 'Note on the Correspondence Between the Results of the Chemical Analysis of a Soil and its Productiveness ', Report of the Seventh Meeting of the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science, 7 (1898), 947-952. Details

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