Clarence King

Clarence King ( born January 6, 1842 in Newport, Rhode Iceland, † December 24, 1901 in Phoenix, Arizona) was an American geologist.


King first visited the school in Hartford, Connecticut and then went to Yale University. In 1862 he turned westward, to test his knowledge of geology in the mountains of the Rocky Mountains. In the following years he worked with professionals of the California Geological Survey in the exploration of the geology of the West of the USA together - experience he later immortalized in his book Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada. There was an expedition along the 40th parallel of particular importance. King was considered by colleagues as a very eccentric, but still brought it up to the head of the United States Geological Survey. He created the scientific conditions for effective mining technical and agricultural use of the Western States of the United States through his work and travel.