Leonard James Spencer

Leonard James Spencer CBE FRS[1] (7 July 1870 – 14 April 1959) was a British geologist. He was an Honorary member of the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall, and also a recipient of its Bolitho Medal.[2][3] He was president of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland from 1936 to 1939.[4] In mineralogy Spencer was an original investigator who described several new minerals, including miersite, tarbuttite and parahopeite. He also did important work as a curator, editor and bibliographer.[5] He was the third person to receive the Roebling Medal, the highest award of the Mineralogical Society of America.[6] He wrote at least 146 articles for the Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition.[7]

His daughter, Penelope Spencer became a successful free-style dancer and choreographer.[8]


  1. Tilley, C. E. (1961). "Leonard James Spencer. 1870-1959". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 7: 243–248. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1961.0019.
  2. "The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". 2004. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/36210. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. http://www.minersoc.org/pages/Archive-MM/Volume_29/29-211-256.pdf W. Campbell Smith "L. J. Spencer's work at the British Museum" page 269
  4. "Spencer, Leornard James (SPNR889LJ)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  5. "Memorial of Leonard James Spencer" (PDF). The American Mineralogist. 45: 403–406. Mar–Apr 1960.
  6. Winchell, A. N. "Presentation of the third Roebling Medal of the Mineralogical Society of America to Leonard James Spencer". American Mineralogist. 26: 26–166. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  7. "Author:Leonard James Spencer". Wikisource. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  8. R. J. Barman (12 October 1993). "Obituary: Penelope Spencer". The Independent. Retrieved 4 March 2014.

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