Robert Edmond Grant (1793-1874)

Scottish comparative anatomist; the major scientific advocate of transmutation in 1830's and 40's London. His views on evolution were based on Lamarck's. A life-long professor of anatomy, he was a prominent supporter of radical political movements in the medical community. Although he encouraged Charles Darwin's interests in natural history (specifically marine invertebrates) while the latter was a medical student in Edinburgh, they had little contact afterwards, even while both of them were living in London during the late 1830's. Opposed politically and philosophically by R. Owen.

Grant as an old man. From Desmond 1989, p. 396.


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