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Prof., Sir Jethro Justinian Harris Teall D.Sc OBE (5/1/1849-2/7/1924)



Born 5 Jan 1849, son of Jethro Teall of Sandwich Kent (who died June 1848).
1873 Received the first award of the University of Cambridge Sedgwick Prize for an essay on a geological topic: The Potton & Wicken Phosphatic Deposits.
Married, 2 June 1879, Harriet daughter of George Roberts Cowen of Nottingham, ironfounder.
Died 2 July 1924 at his residence 174 Rosendale Road, London SE21, where his widow continued to live until her death in 1940.


George Harris Teall 24 October 1880; At Dulwich College 1893-98. Military career. Died 1939
Frederic Hathaway Teall 8 May 1882; At Dulwich College until 1900. Served in Egyptian police. Died 1952

Association with Dulwich College

Appointed Governor 1913 by Royal Soc. retired 1921; Co-opted 1921, retired 1922; Re-appointed 1922 (until his death) by LCC.

Education and Career

Educated Northleach Grammar School 1857-62.
Berkeley Villa School Cheltenham 1862-67.

St John's College Cambridge: 1st class in Natural Scinces 1872. BA 1873. Sedgwick Prize 1874. MA 1876. Fellow 1875-79.

14 January 1885 presented seminal paper "The Metamorphosis of Dolerite into Hornblende-schist" to Geological Society of London.

Director Geological Survey 1st March 1901 - 5th January 1914 (his 65th birthday).

Geological Society:
Bigsby Medal (for study of American geology) 1889.
Wollaston Medal (highest award of society) 1905.
President 1900-02.

FRS 1890; Vice-president (elected 05/06/1890) 1900-01.
Delesse Prize, Academy of Science Paris, 1907, for his researches in petrography.
Knighted 1916.
DSc: Oxford, Cambridge, Dublin; LLD: St Andrew's.

Known Addresses

12, Cumberland Road, Kew. 1888
2, Sussex-gardens, West Dulwich, S.E. 1890
89, Thurlow Park Road, West Dulwich, S.E. 1900-01
174, Rosendale Road, London SE21. 1924

Teall's signature from a letter written 29 November 1886, and now held by the Cambridge University Library:

Teall's Signature 29/11/1886

information included from the herbariaunited database

Inferred associations

associated with

Collection activity by county



VC4, VC5
VC11, VC12, VC13, VC14, VC15, VC16, VC17, VC18, VC20, VC22
VC40, VC48, VC49
VC59, VC64
VC95, VC96

Examples of handwriting


Search for specimens collected by Jethro Justinian Harris Teall.

References and External Links

Teall has an entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

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