London, United Kingdom
1850 Richard Owen Portrait Paleontologist
Paul D Stewart
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Richard Owen (20, July 1804- 18 December 1892). 1850 portrait by Thomas Herbert Maguire lithographed by M&H Hanhart. Part of the Portraits of the Honarary members of the Ipswich Museum collection published in 1852. Owen was a comparative anatomist and palaeontologist who became one of the most famous and politically influential victorian biologists. His acheivements included coining the word Dinosauria (1842 Vol. II Report on the British Reptiles), supervising the production of the first dinosaur reconstructions at the Sydenham Crystal Palace 1853, and establishing the new British Museum of Natural History at South Kensington in 1881. He worked hard and wrote prolifically, but his scientific legacy is limited. Owen's reputation was damaged by his unwillingness to admit mistakes or accept criticism, and a tendency to ruthlessly manoeuvre positions to take credit for discoveries.
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