BALL, Valentine. Dublin 14.7.1843 — Dublin 15.6.1895. Irish Scientist in India. Son of the naturalist Robert B. (1802–57), educated at Trinity College (B.A. & M.A. 1872, LL.D. 1889). He served 17 years in the Geological Survey of India, in 1864-81, and was one of the first (from 1865) to study prehistoric remains (stone tools) of India. Treasurer of the A.S.B. 1881. After returning from India he was Professor of Geology and Mineralogy at Dublin 1881-83, and from 1883 Director of the National Museum in Dublin.
Publications: wrote papers for the JASB on the geology of the Nicobar Islands and of the vicinity of Port Blair, monographs on geology.
– “Jungle products used as articles of food by the Inhabitants of the districts of Manbhum and Hazaribag”, JASB 36:1, 1867, 73-??.
– Jungle Life in India, or the journeys and journals of an Indian Geologist. 720 p. L. 1879; reprinted as Tribal and peasant life in 19th century India. N.D. 1985.
– a study on Indian nature in early classical sources on India (Proc. of the Royal Irish Academy & IA 14, 1885, 274-287, 303-311, 334-341); “Early Notices of metals and gems in India”, IA 13, 1884, 228-248; short papers on prehistoric finds in Proc. ASB 1865-1881; edited J. B. Tavernier’s Travels in India, 1676. 1889.
Sources: Buckland, Dictionary; F. Boose, Mod. English Biogr. in Br.Biogr.Archive; Wikipedia (with photo).