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Edward Daniel Clarke (1769-1822)

E.D. Clarke, antiquary and mineralogist, came to Cambridge as a student in 1785. In his third year he attracted considerable local interest by constructing and launching a hot air balloon. Later, Clarke worked as a private tutor, and accompanied wealthy young gentlemen on European tours. This provided him with opportunities to collect coins, vases, sculpture and inscriptions. Returning to Cambridge, Clarke became the University’s first Professor of Mineralogy. His collection of antiquities was displayed in the old University Library until it was transferred to the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1865. These are just a few of the objects in his collection on display, to see more [link to Clarke collection]

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