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The GSI in 1870. Standing: Ferdinand Stoliczka, Robert Bruce Foote, William Theobald, F. R. Mallet, Valentine Ball, Wilhelm Heinrich Waagen, W. L. Wilson; Sitting: A. Tween, W. King, Thomas Oldham, Henry Benedict Medlicott, C. A. Hackett

Frederick Richard Mallet[1] (10 February 1841 - 24 June 1921) was an Irish geologist who worked for thirty years in the Geological Survey of India.

Life and workEdit

Mallet was born in Dublin, the son of Robert Mallet, a geologist. After studying at the Enniskillen Royal School in 1858 he joined the Geological Survey of India in February 1859. He worked in the Himalayas, Central India, Assam and Burma while also being in charge of the Museum and Laboratory. He published numerous papers on the geology of the Vindhyan System and examined the Barren Island volcano. He became a Superintendent of the Survey in 1883 and retired in 1889. He contributed to Medlicott's Manual of the Geology of India, the fourth part which dealt with mineralogy. Mallet was involved in the survey of coalfields in the Naga Hills, the Son Valley, southern Mirzapur, and Rewa. He accompanied Ferdinand Stoliczka and William Theobald on expeditions to the Sutlej and Spiti valleys.[2]

Apart from geology, he also took an interest in natural history, corresponding with Allan Octavian Hume on birds.[3]

He was elected to Geological Society of London in 1868. He died at Ealing from ailments of the kidneys and prostate.


  1. ^ Note: some Indian records have his middle name as Richmond.
  2. ^ "Anniversary Address of the President". Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London. 78: 48. 1922.
  3. ^ Hume, A.O. (1890). The nests and eggs of Indian birds. Volume III. London: R.H. Porter. p. 287.

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