Agricola, , Georgius (1490-1555), a German physician and scientist, called the father of mineralogy. He used the Latin form of his name, Georg Bauer. Agricola was educated in Leipzig and in Italy. He was city physician in the mining center of Joachimsthal (Jachymov), Bohemia, Germany. His De natura fossillium (1546) became the first mineralogy textbook. His De re metallica (1556) was first translated into English in 1912 by Herbert Hoover (who was a mining engineer befor becameing President of the United States) and his wife, Lou Henry Hoover.
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