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Owen, Richard 1804-1892

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Works: 1,123 works in 2,362 publications in 3 languages and 15,192 library holdings
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Roles: Author, Editor, Former owner, Annotator, Author of introduction, Inscriber, Correspondent
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On the nature of limbs : a discourse by Richard Owen( )

13 editions published between 1849 and 2014 in English and held by 1,530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The most prominent naturalist in Britain before Charles Darwin, Richard Owen made empirical discoveries and offered theoretical innovations that were crucial to the proof of evolution. Among his many lasting contributions to science was the first clear definition of the term homology--"the same organ in different animals under every variety of form and function." He also graphically demonstrated that all vertebrate species were built on the same skeletal plan and devised the vertebrate archetype as a representation of the simplest common form of all vertebrates. Just as Darwin's ideas continue
Palaeontology : or A systematic summary of extinct animals and their geological relations by Richard Owen( Book )

52 editions published between 1846 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Owen (1804–1892) was a contemporary of Darwin, and like him, attended the University of Edinburgh medical school but left without completing his training. His career as an outstanding palaeontologist began when he was cataloguing the Hunterian Collection of human and animal anatomical specimens which had passed to the Royal College of Surgeons in London. His public lectures on anatomy were attended by Darwin, and he was entrusted with the classification and description of the fossil vertebrates sent back by Darwin from the Beagle voyage. He was responsible for coining many of the terms now used in anatomy and evolutionary biology, including the word 'dinosaur'. Palaeontology (published in 1860) defines, describes and classifies all the fossil animal forms then known, and discusses the origin of species, commenting on the theories of Buffon, Lamarck, the then anonymous author of Vestiges of Creation, Wallace and Darwin
On the anatomy of vertebrates by Richard Owen( Book )

16 editions published between 1866 and 1984 in English and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work is based entirely on personal observations
A journey to Ashango-Land : and further penetration into equatorial Africa by Paul Belloni Du Chaillu( Book )

16 editions published between 1867 and 1874 in English and French and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of British fossil mammals, and birds by Richard Owen( Book )

32 editions published between 1846 and 2011 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Owen (1804–92) was a controversial and influential palaeontologist and anatomist. During his medical studies in Edinburgh and London, he grew interested in anatomical research and, after qualifying as a surgeon, became assistant conservator in the museum of the Royal College of Surgeons, and then superintendent of natural history in the British Museum. He became an authority on comparative anatomy and palaeontology, coining the term 'dinosaur' and founding the Natural History Museum. He was also a critic of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection, and engaged in a long and bitter argument with Thomas Huxley, known as 'Darwin's bulldog' for his belligerent support of the theory. Published in 1846, this is Owen's comparative anatomical analysis of the fossils of British birds and mammals. It compares living species with extinct ones, and explains the characteristics that help identification, using 237 woodcut illustrations to show the traits of different species
The last of the Arctic voyages : being a narrative of the expedition in H.M.S. Assistance under the command of Captian Sir Edward Belcher, C.B., in search of Sir John Franklin during the years 1852-53-54 by Edward Belcher( Book )

21 editions published between 1855 and 1966 in English and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the experienced Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin (1786-1847) was put in command of an expedition in 1845 to search for the elusive North-West Passage he had the backing of the Admiralty and was equipped with two specially-adapted ships and a three-year supply of provisions. Franklin was last seen by whalers in Baffin Bay in July 1845. When the expedition failed to return in 1848, enormous resources were mobilised to try to discover its fate. In 1852 H.M.S. 'Assistance' was sent to lead another search mission. It was captained by Edward Belcher (1799-1877), who eventually took the decision to abandon four ships in the pack-ice. He recounts his unsuccessful adventure, defending his actions against critics
On the classification and geographical distribution of the Mammalia, being a lecture on Sir Robert Reade's foundation, delivered before the University of Cambridge ... May 10, 1859. To which is added an appendix "On the gorilla," and "On the extinction and transmutation of species." by Richard Owen( Book )

38 editions published between 1859 and 2015 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

English anatomist and biologist Richard Owen (1804-92), who in 1842 coined the word 'dinosaur', published this book in 1859, the year of On the Origin of Species. He reviews ancient and recent studies of mammals in Western science before going on to present his own updated categorisation of the class. Owen's eye for detail and range of scholarship are evident in this work, which is an extensive catalogue of mammals based on biological, geographical and anatomical characteristics. It incorporates, among other things, detailed classifications and sub-classifications of genus based on dental structures, food habits and cerebra. Owen's prose is lucid and precise and his investigations scrupulous, demonstrating the commitment that led him to become one of the foremost anatomists of his time. An appendix reveals Owen's views on the hotly debated theories of transmutation and extinction proposed by scientists such as Lamarck, Lyell and Darwin
Essays and observations on natural history, anatomy, physiology, psychology, and geology by John Hunter( Book )

21 editions published between 1861 and 1988 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Hunterian lectures in comparative anatomy, May and June 1837 by Richard Owen( Book )

10 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892), comparative anatomist, colleague and later antagonist of Darwin, and head of the British Museum of Natural History, was a major figure in Victorian science. Yet historians of science have found Owen a difficult subject, in part because he chose not to expound his views in a major theoretical work but rather presented them through annual lectures at the Royal College of Surgeons from 1837 to 1856. Nevertheless, Owen's views on the nature of life, the relations of form and function, the meaning of fossils, and the development of species gave his contemporaries such as Lyell, Grant, Huxley, Whewell, and Darwin a set of positions with which they could agree or disagree while developing their own views. Now, for the first time, modern readers how access to the opening series of Owen's Hunterian Lectures, in which he set out the larger framework of the theoretical reflections that occupied him during the next nineteen years. Presented to the public in the two months before Darwin began his first notebook on the species question, these lectures reveal the nature of the synthesis of French, German, and British biology taking place in metropolitan London in this crucial period in nineteenth-century life science. Phillip Reid Sloan has transcribed and edited the seven surviving lectures and has written an introduction and commentary situating the work in the context of Owen's life and the scientific and intellectual life of the time. Sloan pays particular attention to Owen's early relations to the German scientific and philosophical tradition, and in this respect contributes to an understanding of the relations between science and British Romanticism. In the lectures, Owen surveys the history of comparative anatomy up to his time and develops his views on the nature of life, species duration, physiological function, and the relation between embryology and classification. One can see the degree to which transcendental anatomy and the views of Von Baer, Johannes Müller, E. G. St.-Hilaire, and Cuvier were current in London in the late 1830s. -- from back cover
Odontography; or, A treatise on the comparative anatomy of the teeth; their physiological relations, mode of development, and microscopic structure, in the vertebrate animals by Richard Owen( Book )

33 editions published in 1840 in English and Undetermined and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comparative investigation of the morophology of mammalian teeth, leading to the author's interest in paleontology
The principal forms of the skeleton and of the teeth by Richard Owen( Book )

24 editions published between 1854 and 2010 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lectures on the comparative anatomy and physiology of the invertebrate animals, delivered at the Royal college of surgeons, in 1843 by Richard Owen( Book )

19 editions published between 1843 and 1971 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of British fossil reptiles by Richard Owen( Book )

19 editions published between 1849 and 1971 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the archetype and homologies of the vertebrate skeleton by Richard Owen( Book )

18 editions published between 1848 and 2013 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lectures on the comparative anatomy and physiology of the invertebrate animals by Richard Owen( Book )

15 editions published between 1843 and 1855 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The industrial colleges : the nature of the education to be given in them; their several kinds and courses of instruction considered by Lewis Bollman( )

4 editions published in 1864 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Zoology of the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle, under the command of Captain Fitzroy, R.N., during the years 1832 to 1836 by Charles Darwin( )

14 editions published between 1838 and 1994 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Zoology of the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle : during the years 1832-1836 by Charles Darwin( Book )

13 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edited and overseen by Charles Darwin, this five-part book contains expert descriptions of the collections Darwin made during his famous voyage on board the Beagle. The work includes numerous wildlife illustrations. This volume covers fish collected during the 1832-1836 voyage
 
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The Hunterian lectures in comparative anatomy, May and June 1837
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Palaeontology : or A systematic summary of extinct animals and their geological relationsA history of British fossil mammals, and birdsOn the classification and geographical distribution of the Mammalia, being a lecture on Sir Robert Reade's foundation, delivered before the University of Cambridge ... May 10, 1859. To which is added an appendix "On the gorilla," and "On the extinction and transmutation of species."The Hunterian lectures in comparative anatomy, May and June 1837The Zoology of the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle, under the command of Captain Fitzroy, R.N., during the years 1832 to 1836Terrible lizard : the first dinosaur hunters and the birth of a new scienceRichard Owen : Victorian naturalist
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Richard Owen Brits conservator (1804-1892)

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