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1880's Sir Richard Owen And Grandaughter
Paul D Stewart
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Richard Owen (20, July 1804- 18 December 1892). Portrait frontispiece published in Volume II The Life of Professor Owen" by his grandson in 1894. Owen was a comparative anatomist and palaeontologist who became one of the most famous and politically influential biologists of the Victorian era. His achievements included coining the word Dinosauria (1842 Vol. II Report on the British Reptiles), and establishing the new British Museum of Natural History at South Kensington in 1881. He worked hard and wrote prolifically, but is often portrayed badly because of his later antagonism towards those who advocated evolution by natural selection (Huxley in particular). Owen's reputation was damaged by his unwillingness to accept criticism, and a tendency to ruthlessly manoeuvre to take credit for discoveries. In private life his letters and family attest that he could be warm-hearted and charming."
May 7th, 2013
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