Adam Sedgwick (1785-1873)

Cambridge professor of geology, one of the leading 19th century geologists and the founder of the Sedgwick Museum in Cambridge. His 1830's field work in Wales established the existence of the Cambrian system. He sided with Murchison in a dispute with de la Beche over the Devonian rocks, but later fell out with him when they could not agree on the placement of the Cambrian-Silurian boundary. A staunch catastrophist and anti-evolutionist who greeted the Origin with harsh criticism, despite continuing to be a friend of his former student Darwin. For more information see the Sedgwick Museum web site.


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