Popular Romances of the West of England by Robert Hunt
Or the drolls, traditions and superstitions of Old Cornwall. The romances collected in this volume give the tourist the means of restoring the giants and the fairies to their native haunts. None of the legends found within were invented by the author. ...
Popular Romances of the West of England
by Robert Hunt
Or the drolls, traditions and superstitions of Old Cornwall. The romances collected in this volume give the tourist the means of restoring the giants and the fairies to their native haunts. None of the legends found within were invented by the author. They were all gathered in their native homes, more than a century previously.
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"Robert Hunt (September 6, 1807 - October 17, 1887), English scientist, was born at Devonport.
His father, naval officer, was drowned while Robert was a youth. He began to study in London for the medical profession, but ill-health caused him to return to the west of England.
In 1829, he published The Mountâ€™s Bay; a descriptive poem ... and other pieces but received little critical or financial success.
In 1840 he became secretary to the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society at Falmouth. Here he was brought into contact with Robert Were Fox, and carried on some physical and chemical investigations with him.
He took up photography with great zeal, following Daguerre's discovery, developed the actinograph and introducing business processes. His Manual of Photography (1841, ed. 5, 1857) was the first English treatise on the subject. He also experimented generally on the action of light, and published Researches on Light (1844).
In 1845 he accepted the invitation of Sir Henry de la Beche to become keeper of mining records at the Museum of Economic (afterwards Practical) Geology, and when the school of mines was established in 1851 he lectured for two years on mechanical science, and afterwards for a short time on experimental physics.
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society in 1855.
In 1858 he founded, with the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society, The Miners Association.
His principal work was the collection and editing of the Mineral Statistics of the United Kingdom, and this he continued to the date of his retirement (1883), when the mining record office was transferred to the Home Office.
He was elected fellow of the Royal Society in 1854. In 1884 he published a large volume on British Mining in which the subject was dealt with very fully from an historical as well as a practical point of view. He also edited the fifth and some later editions of Ure's Dictionary of Arts, Mines and Manufactures. He died in London on October 17, 1887. A mineralogical museum at Redruth Mining School was established in his memory, this closed in 1950 and the minerals were transferred to the School of Metalliferous Mining now the Camborne School of Mines.