Alphonse Briart


Alphonse Briart

Alphonse Briart (1825-1898) was supervisor of the coal mines at Bascoup and Mariemont near Morlanwelz in the Hainaut province of Belgium, and a geologist who studied that region. During the period 1863-1896 he and Francois Cornet published a number of books and papers describing fossils and geological structures found near Mons. They devised theories - now generally accepted - as to the geological history of the region. After Cornet's death in 1887, Briart continued to write alone.

The mineral Briartite is named for his grandson, Gaston Briart.

Life events

*1825 Born at Chapelle-lez-Herlaimont
*1844 Graduates with diplôme d’ingénieur from the École des Mines in Mons
*1844 Practical mining training at Mons
*1846 Joins the coal mines of Mariemont and Bascoup
*1855 Marries Elise Deltenre
*1863 First geological publication, in collaboration with Fr. Cornet
*1866 A. Briart and Fr. Cornet receive gold medal of Société des sciences, arts, et lettres du Hainaut for a paper on the Cretaceous terrain of Hainaut.
*1867 Flint discoveries at Mesvin with Cornet & de Lehaie
*1867 Correspondent member, Royal Academy of Belgium
*1868 Named Chief Engineer of the coal mines of Mariemont and Bascoup
*1871 Founder member of Société géologique de Belgique
*1874 Full member, Royal Academy of Belgium
*1875 Chevalier de l’Ordre de Léopold
*1877 Publishes memoir Sur le relief du sol en Belgique après les temps paléozoïques
*1888 President, the alumni association of the École des Mines in Hainaut
*1890 Officier de l’Ordre de Léopold
*1894 Receives décoration spéciale de première class for promoters/administrators of mutual societies
*1894 Publishes La Géologie des environs de Fontaine-l'Évêque et de Landelies
*1895 Geological trip to Chile
*1897 Commandeur de l’Ordre de Léopold
*1898 Dies at Morlanwelz

External links

* [http://www.somali.asso.fr/taxis/pdf_output.php?A=%BRIART%20&%20CORNET%&db=fossils Some books by Briart & Cornet]
* [http://www.morlanwelz.be/histoire/Hubinont/historique.htm#Géologie. Briart's summary of Morlanwelz geology (French language)]


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