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William Babington (physician)

For other people with the same name, see William Babington.

William Babington (May 21, 1756 – April 29, 1833) was a British physician and mineralogist.

Babington was physician to Guy's Hospital from 1795 to 1811. He was president of the Geological Society of London from 1822 to 1824. He was also a Fellow of the Royal Society.

He was the curator for the enormous mineral collection of John Stuart, the Third Earl of Bute. When Stuart died in 1792, Babington bought the collection.

The mineral Babingtonite is named after him.


  • "A Systematic Arrangement of Minerals, founded on the joint consideration of their chemical, physical and external characters; reduced to the form of tables." (1796) London, T. Cox.
  • "A New System of Mineralogy, in the form of a Catalogue, after the manner of Baron Born’s Systematic Catalogue of the collection of fossils of Mlle Éléonore de Raab." (1799) London, T. Bensley.
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