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Richard Phillips (1778-1851), of the Poultry, son of a printer and bookseller in the City of London, was a member of the Society of Friends, In early life he was the intimate friend of Davy and Wollaston. He became distinguished as a chemist, was elected F.R.S. in 1822, and was chemist and curator to the Museum of Economic Geology from 1839 until the close of his life: during the last two years he was president of the Chemical Society. (From: History of Geological Society H.B.W. (1907) pp. 13)

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1778 Born in 1778, son of printer and bookseller in the City. Member of Society of Friends. Associate of Davy and Wollaston. Became distinguished as a Chemist.
1822 Elected F.R.S.
1839 Appointed first Chemist and Curator to Museum of Economic Geology. (Continued 2nd series of “Annals of Philosophy……” (1821-26) begun by T. Thomson (1813-20)).
1850 – 1851 President of Chemistry Society.
1851 Died.

Biographies and obituaries[edit]

History of Geological Society H.B.W. (1907) pp. 13, 50.
Wikipedia entry

Article: Richard Phillips at the Museum of Economic Geology and his experimental work on the Penny Black and Penny Red postage stamps