Owen, Sir Richard, 1804-1892 (Knight, naturalist)
Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892), naturalist, was born in Lancaster on 20 July 1804, where he attended the local grammar school. He became an apprentice to the first of three surgeons in 1820, and matriculated at Edinburgh University in 1824. He left Edinburgh before taking his degree, and joined St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, where he became prosector to John Abernethy in 1825. He passed the membership examination for the Royal College of Surgeons in 1826, and proceeded to set up his own private practice. Owen became a lecturer on anatomy at St Bartholomew's in 1829, and was first Hunterian Professor of Comparative Anatomy and Physiology, 1836-1856. He was conservator of the Hunterian Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons, 1827-1856, and superintendent of the natural history collections at the British Museum, 1856-1883. He died at Sheen Lodge, Richmond Park, on 18 December 1892.
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He tries to answer questions 'to the best of my judgment and belief in its truth'; hares do not chew cud; nature of their stomach; criticism of Dr Gill's annotations on 'rumination' in Scripture (Leviticus 11, 6); notes on Gill
Manuscript notes for the first Rede lecture, on the classification of the mammalia, including inserted printed items.