Hill, Robert Thomas, 1858-1941

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Biographical History

Robert Thomas Hill (1858-1941) was born on August 11, 1858, in Nashville Tennessee. He was a geologist known for his work in Texas. Hill received his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell in 1886. Upon graduating, he took a position with the U.S. Geological Survey where he worked as an assistant paleontologist, assistant geologist, and then as geologist from 1888-1904. Hill wrote 150 articles on geology, stratigraphy, and geography during his career, many relating to Texas. He produced reports on underground water resources that proved invaluable to the development of Texas' farms and industry. Hill was a founding member of many professional societies including the Geologic Society of America, Washington Academy of Science, American Society of Professional Geographers, Society of Economic Geologists, Texas Historical Society, and others. He died on July 28, 1941.


Lahee, F. H. (1941). Robert Thomas Hill: 1858-1941. Science, 94(2437), 249-250.

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Geological Survey (U.S.) : Hill held several positions including geologist under the U.S. Geological Survey, 1888-1904.

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