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Richard Owen (20, July 1804- 18 December 1892). 1889 Portrait mezzotint by H.J. Thaddeus with contemporary face but pose taken from an earlier 1852 photograph with dinosaur. Owen was a comparative anatomist and palaeontologist who became one of the most famous and politically influential biologists of the era. His achievements included coining the word Dinosauria (1841/2), the first dinosaur reconstructions (1853) and establishing the new British Museum of Natural History (1881). He worked hard and wrote prolifically, but despite his clear ambition, his scientific legacy is limited. Partly this is 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 admit mistakes or accept criticism, and a tendency to ruthlessly manoeuvre to take credit for discoveries.
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