Sir Roderick Impey Murchison (1792–1871) is a well-known character in British geology of the 19th century. But who is aware that there would have never been a geologist Roderick Murchison without the encouragement from a woman? She not only introduced him into the world of minerals, rocks and fossils, but took an active part in the scientific pursuits which she had initiated, which leads us to conclude that her views are intimately connected with Roderick Murchison’s work. She accompanied him on excursions and journeys, made drawings of landscape and outcrops, and possessed her own excellent collection of fossils.

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