Peter G. Embrey
Peter Godwin Embrey, prominent British mineralogist and curator, was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England on January 31, 1929, the son of _____ Birks and _____ Embrey, a _____. He was educated at Oundle School and served as a pilot with the Royal Air Force in the early 1950s, having received his pilot's license from the Royal Aero Club in 1951. He received his degrees in chemistry and mineralogy from Oxford University in 195_ (he did not have a PhD), and was a demonstrator and junior lecturer at Oxford before joining the Mineralogy Department of the British Museum (Natural History) in 1956, as staff mineralogist and curator of minerals. He continued in those positions until his retirement in 19__.
Embrey was well known for his keen wit and eccentric personality. It was through his efforts that the Sir Arthur Russell collection, among others, was acquired by the Museum. He was an excellent mineralogist, though his publications were few. These included Minerals of Cornwall and Devon (1987) (with Robert F. Symes; copublished by the Mineralogical Record), A Manual of New Mineral Names, 1892-1978 (1980) (with John P. Fuller), and the Second Appendix to Hey's Chemical Index of Mineral Species (1974); he was also instrumental in arranging the 1977 reprint of Greg and Lettsom's classic Minerals of Great Britain and Ireland (1858).
Embrey mentored many young mineralogists and beginning curators, and was beloved by many for his intelligence and kindness, despite a brusque exterior manner and somewhat temperamental personality. He was also a highly knowledgeable bibliophile (regarding mineralogical literature), and was skilled at playing the pipe organ. The new mineral species embreyite was named in his honor in 1972 by Sidney A. Williams.
Peter Embrey died on December 24, 2010 at Charing Cross Hospital, London.
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