1850 Richard Owen zoologist lecturing

1850 Richard Owen zoologist lecturing

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Credit: PAUL D STEWART/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Richard Owen (20, July 1804- 18 December 1892) Caricature from Punch 1850, captioned "A scientific institution during a lecture of an eminent 'savan'" (sic). Owen was a comparative anatomist and palaeontologist who became one of the most famous and politically influential biologists of the Victorian era. From 1837 to 1855 he was Hunterian Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons and delivered the Hunterian and popular lectures throughout that period. Venues included the Royal College of Surgeons, the Royal Society, The Geological Society, the Zoological Society and British Association. His speciality was the skeleton and a view of its archetypes and homologies. Here are skeletons including clockwise from left ichthyosaur, plesiosaur, monkey skull, bat, feline, pterosaur, mammoth skull and babirusa skull. The victorian appetite for advancing knowledge is clear from the diverse audience.

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