Who was he?
William Smith (23 March 1769 – 28 August 1839) was an English
geologist, credited with creating the first nationwide geological map.
He is known as the "Father of English Geology", although recognition
was very slow in coming. At the time his map was first published he was
overlooked by the scientific community; his relatively humble education
and family connections preventing him from mixing easily in learned
society. Consequently his work was plagiarised, he was financially
ruined, and he spent time in debtors' prison. It was only much later in
his life that Smith received recognition for his accomplishments.
Why was he in Bath?
He lived for twenty years at no. 29, Great Pulteney Street, working as
a geological engineer and producing a number of maps and monographs.
The text reads
"In this house William Smith the father
of English Geology dictated "The Order of the Strata" December 11th
Location map of 29, Pulteney
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