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Richard Owen

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Professor Sir Richard Owen (1804–1892)

A brilliant natural scientist who came up with the name for dinosaurs

1856 Left his role as curator of the Hunterian Museum and took charge of the British Museum’s natural history collection.

Dissatisfied with the lack of space for its ever-growing collection of natural history specimens, Owen convinced the British Museum's board of trustees that a separate building was needed to house these national treasures. This resulted in the formation of the Natural History Museum

1884 A knighthood was conferred on Owen once all the collections had been transferred to the new Natural History Museum

1884 On the retirement of Sir Richard Owen, Sir William Flower was appointed to the directorship of the Natural History departments of the British Museum in South Kensington.

Obituary (1804-1892)

"...took place on the 18th of the present month, almost the last of the earnest body of workers who, in the earlier decades of the present century, contributed so powerfully to the establishment of geology upon the certain foundations of physical and natural history science, has been removed from the scene of his labours, and the loss of so considerable an actor in the building up of English science, calls for a short notice in these columns, although his work was not immediately 'connected with our subjects. Born at Lancaster on July 20th, 1804, he received his early training at the Grammar School of his native town, and subsequently proceeded to the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated as M.D., and after receiving the diploma of the Royal College of Surgeons in London in 1826..."More.[1]

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Sources of Information

  • Biography of Sir Richard Owen, ODNB