S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Hamilton, Mr J Pakenham (mining engineering, geology)

Born: Date not known, Place not known.
Died: Date not known, Place not known.

J. Pakenham Hamilton presumably visited South Africa in 1891. He published two papers relating to its mines in the Transactions of the Institute of Mining Engineers (Newcastle, England; 1891-1892, Vol. 3): "Witwatersrand goldfields, Transvaal, South Africa" (pp. 857-873), and "Notes on the Natal coalfields" (pp. 874-890). The first paper contained a description of the geology and mining on the Witwatersrand, including the Boksburg coalfield, as well as the gold output for 1887-1891 and the cost of mining in 1891. The second included figures for the annual coal output in Natal for 1889-1891. No other publications by him are known.

List of sources:
Hall, A.L. A bibliography of South African geology to the end of 1920. Pretoria: Geological Survey, Memoir No. 18, 1922.

Royal Society of London. Catalogue of scientific papers [1800-1900]. London: Royal Society, 1867-1925.

South African bibliography to the year 1925. London: Mansell, 1979.

Compiled by: C. Plug