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Welsh Slate
Date Made/Found: 1859
Maker: Dr Henry Clifton Sorby FRS , British, 1826 - 1908
Previous owner: Dr Henry Clifton Sorby FRS , British, 1826 - 1908
Place Object Found: Wales
Department: Earth Sciences
Accession Number: 2016.378.163
Henry Clifton Sorby, a 19th Century amateur scientist from Sheffield, pioneered the use of microscopy in geology. Among his slide collection are a large number of thin sections of slates. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society at only 31 years of age for his work on slaty cleavage, the phenomenon that slates split in a direction unrelated to the original layers in which the sediments were deposited.
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