The Life of Richard Owen: Volume 1

The Life of Richard Owen: Volume 1 : With the Scientific Portions Revised by C. Davies Sherborn and an Essay on Owen's Position in Anatomical Science by the Right Hon. T. H. Huxley, F.R.S.

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Richard Owen, F.R.S. (1804-92) was a controversial and influential palaeontologist and anatomist. Originally from Lancaster, he studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh and at London's St Bartholomew's Hospital. He grew interested in anatomical research and, after qualifying as a surgeon, became assistant conservator in the museum of the Royal College of Surgeons, and then superintendent of natural history in the British Museum. He became an authority on comparative anatomy and palaeontology, coining the term 'dinosaur' and founding the Natural History Museum. He was also a fierce critic of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection, and engaged in a long and bitter argument with Thomas Huxley, known as 'Darwin's bulldog' for his belligerent support of the theory. Published in 1894, this two-volume biography draws on Owen's diaries and a wealth of correspondence. Volume 1 covers Owen's life up to 1854, just before his appointment to the British Museum.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8 b/w illus.
  • 1139097024
  • 9781139097024

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Preface; 1. 1804-24. Parentage; 2. 1824-33. Edinburgh University; 3. 1833-6. Eton in 1833; 4. 1837-8. Hunterian Professor and Professor of Anatomy and Physiology in the College of Surgeons, 1837; 5. 1839-40. Foundation of the Microscopical Society; 6. 1841-2. Hunterian Lectures; 7. 1843-4. Further evidence of the existence of the 'Dinoris'; 8. Owen's opinion of the 'Vestiges of Creation'; 9. 1846-7. Owen's proposal of a national collection of fossil and recent comparative anatomy; 10. 1848-9. 'The Archetype and Homologies of the Vertebrate Skeleton', 1848; 11. 1850-1. The Megatherium; 12. 1852-3. Delight in country life.
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