Troost, Gerard, 1776-1850

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Biographical History

Gerard Troost ( 1776-1850) was a geologist, mineralogist and naturalist. He was born in s'Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, on March 5, 1776. He studied pharmacology in the Netherlands and became a mineral collector. He became in 1812 one of the founders and was the first president of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, until 1818. He become a professor at the University of Nashville between 1828 and 1850. He was the Tennessee state geologist, 1831-1850. A special interest of his was the crinoid class of the echinoderms.


The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture (2017). Gerard Troost. Retrieved July 11, 2017 from

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