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Owen, Sir Richard, 1804-1892 (Knight, naturalist)

 Person

Biography

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.

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

 Fonds

Adam Sedgwick: Letters and Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.7652
Scope and Contents Section I A-H. Letters to Sedgwick, 1821-1849, relating to English geology, museum accessions, etc. Section II A-Z, AA-II. Letters to Sedgwick, 1850-1872, relating to geology, the work of John William Salter, museum accessions, Lucas Barratt, etc. The correspondents include Harry Govier Seeley, Henry Keeping and Henry Wilkinson Cookson. JJ-OO. Letters to George William Featherstonhaugh and Osmond Fisher, 1827-c.1890s. The correspondents include Sir Richard Owen, Roderick Murchison and his...
Dates: 1818-1916
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 File

From Sir Richard Owen, British Museum, to Lord Shaftesbury (1801-85), 4 Apr. 1863

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8812/35
Scope and Contents

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

Dates: 4 Apr. 1863
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Fonds

Owen (Sir Richard): Draft of Rede Lecture

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8063
Scope and Contents

Manuscript notes for the first Rede lecture, on the classification of the mammalia, including inserted printed items.

Dates: 1859
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Fonds

Sir Richard Owen: Letters and Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.5354
Dates: 1793-1889
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).

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