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PRIME, Frederick, geologist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1 March, 1846. He was graduated at Columbia in 1865, and after a year at the School of mines, studied for three years at the Royal mining-school in Freiberg, Saxony. On his return in 1869 he became assistant in assaying at Columbia school of mines, and also assistant on the geological survey of Ohio. In 1870 he was elected professor of mining and metallurgy at Lafayette, and in 1874 he became assistant geologist on the geological survey of Pennsylvania, both of which places he filled until 1879. Meanwhile he has been professionally consulted very frequently by various iron and coal companies. Of late years he has devoted himself exclusively to professional practice, and became in 1881 president of the Allentown iron company. At the World's fair of 1876 he was judge of the group on mining and metallurgy, filling the office of secretary to the board. In 1880 Lafayette conferred on him the degree of Ph. D. Professor Prime has been active in the management of the American institute of mining engineers, and has contributed to its transactions. He has also translated from the German and edited Von Cotta's "Trentise on Ore Deposits " (New York, 1870).
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