The 19th century geologist Frederick Drew (1836-1891) was born in Southampton in 1836. He was educated at the local school in Cumberland Place run by his father the astronomer John Drew (see below), and then at the Royal School of Mines. He joined the Geological Survey in 1855. In 1862 he went to India, initially as geologist for the Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir, but in 1871 he was appointed governor of the province of Ladakh. He may have been acting as an unofficial political agent at this time, providing intelligence on the state of the politically sensitive northern frontier. He returned to England in 1872 and published his major work The Jummoo and Kashmir Territiories; a Geological Account in 1875. In 1875 he became an assistant master at Eton College, where he remained for the rest of his life. He died in 1891.

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Further reading:
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2004, Volume 16


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