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Alberto Pelloux
(1868-1948)

Alberto Pelloux was born in Crema, Italy on December 1, 1868, the son of the Italian Prime Minister Luigi Pelloux. He served as Professor of Mineralogy and Petrology at the University of Genoa, and was Director of the Mineralogy and Geology Department of the Giacomo Doria Museum of Natural History. He published a number of mineralogical works, receiving his degree from the University of Pisa. His scientific activity dealt especially with the systematic mineralogy of Italy, and also with applied mineralogy.

Pelloux described several new mineral species, contributing, in particular, to the knowledge of the mineral deposits in Libya, Albania and Sardinia. Among his major publications, as well as numerous notes and memoires in scientific journals, were the contributions on the geographical description of the Valle d'Aosta (1901) and the minerals of Gran Paradiso (1909) and Vesuvius (1927).

Pelloux was a member of the Accademia dei Lincei, and served as president of the Italian Geological Society in 1934. His rich mineral collection is preserved today in the Museum of Earth Sciences at the University of Bari. In 2004 the mineral pellouxite, from the Buca della Vena mine in the Apuan Alps of Tuscany, was named in his honor.

He died in Bordighera, Italy, on February 23, 1948.
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The Mineralogical Record - Alberto Pelloux Specimen no. 111, Pre-1889 label; 53 x 83 mm
The Mineralogical Record - Alberto Pelloux Specimen no. 624, Label dated 1889; 52 x 82 mm
The Mineralogical Record - Alberto Pelloux Unnumbered, undated specimen; 56 x 89 mm
The Mineralogical Record - Alberto Pelloux Unnumbered undated specimen; 56 x 89 mm (Pierre-Christian Guiollard collection)
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