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Biographical entry Grayson, Henry Joseph (1856 - 1918)

9 May 1856
Worrall, Yorkshire, England
21 March 1918
Clyde, Victoria, Australia
Nurseryman and Geologist


Henry Grayson worked as a nurseryman but became interested in botany and microscopy which eventually led to a talent for preparing microscope slides and the invention of a micro-ruling machine. He joined the Geology Department, University of Melbourne in 1900.


Born 9 May 1856. Died 21 March 1918. Trained as a gardener, was in New Zealand from the early 1880s for some years, nurseryman, Melbourne 1887-98, laboratory assistant, University of Melbourne 1898-1909, research fellow 1909-18. Syme Prize 1917.

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  • Henry Joseph Grayson - Records, 1900 - 1918; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

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See also

  • Gold, Ergad; Greener, Rosalie (Ed) ed., Inventive Vics Exhibition (Melbourne, Victoria: Australian Scientific Industry Association, 1985), 58 pp. Optical Ruling Engines. Details

McCarthy, G.J.