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William Battle Phillips

William Battle Phillips, American mining engineer. Mason.


  • Phillips, William Battle was born on July 4, 1857 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. Son of Charles and Laura Caroline (Battle) Phillips.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, University of North Carolina, 1877, Doctor of Philosophy., 1883. Studied School of Mines, Freiberg, Germany.


    • Chemist, North Carolina Experiment Station, 1877-1882, Navassa Guano Company, 1882-1885. Professor agricultural chemistry and mineralogy, University of North Carolina, 1886-1888. Mining engineer, Birmingham, Alabama, 1888-1892.

      Professor of chemistry and metallurgy, University of Alabama, 1891-1893. Chemist, Tennessee Coal, Iron & Railway Company, Birmingham, 1894-1898. With Engineering and Mining Journal, and American Manufacturer, and Iron World, 1893 and 1897-1898.

      Director University of Texas Mining Survey, 1901-1905, Bureau Economic Geology and Technology, University of Texas, 1909-1914. President Colorado School of Mines, 1914-1916. Removed to Houston, Texas.


    • Contributor nearly 300 articles to scientific and technical publs.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: Presbyn




    • Married Minerva Ruffin McNeil, October 8, 1879. Married second, Angle Isabel Miller, January 21, 1908.
    • father: Charles Phillips
    • mother: Laura Caroline (Battle) Phillips
    • spouses: Minerva Ruffin McNeil
    • Angle Isabel Miller
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    Died June 8, 1918
    (aged 60)