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Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875 – 19 January 1968) was a mining magnate and millionaire, often called the "King of Copper". U.S.marker-born, he was naturalised Britishmarker in 1933, and made an honorary citizen of Irelandmarker in 1957. A collector of Oriental art and books, he bequeathed the Chester Beatty Biblical Papyri to the British Museummarker and the Chester Beatty Librarymarker to Dublinmarker, Irelandmarker.


In 1875, Alfred Chester Beatty was born in New York Citymarker; he graduated from Columbia University as a mining engineer. He made his fortune mining in Cripple Creek, Coloradomarker, and other mining concerns the world over. He was often called the "King of Copper".

A collector from an early age, he had, by the 1940s, built up a remarkable and impressive collection of Oriental art and books. He also owned 19 ancient Egyptian papyri that he gave to the British Museummarker, including the Chester Beatty Biblical Papyri and the Chester Beatty Medical Papyrus. He moved his collections to Dublinmarker, Irelandmarker, in 1950. The Chester Beatty Librarymarker which houses the collection was moved to Dublin Castlemarker from Shrewsbury road in 2000.

Knighted in 1954, Beatty was made an honorary citizen of Ireland in 1957, and on his death in 1968, he was accorded a state funeral – the only private citizen in Irish history to receive such an honour. He is buried in Glasnevin Cemeterymarker.


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  • – Chester Beatty Library website

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