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RefNo MS ADD 28
Title Grant Papers
Date1 1813-1823
StorageSite UCL Special Collections
Level Collection
Extent 1 volume
CreatorName Grant; Robert Edmond (1793-1874); comparative anatomist and transmutationist
AdminHistory Robert Grant was born in Edinburgh on 11 November 1793. He was educated at Edinburgh High School and at the University of Edinburgh, graduating M.D. in 1814. From 1815 to 1820 Grant studied medicine and natural history in Paris and at many continental universities. He returned to Edinburgh in 1820 and devoted himself to natural history. In 1824 he gave lectures on comparative anatomy of the invertebrate for his friend Dr John Barclay, and he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He believed in the transformation of species and the Darwinian theory of natural selection. Charles Darwin was his intimate companion in study. Grant wrote numerous original papers during this period. In June 1827 he was elected Professor of Comparative Anatomy and Zoology at University College London and became absorbed in teaching for the next 46 years. He also lectured at other institutions. In 1836 he became a fellow of the Royal Society. Grant died on 23 August 1874 at the age of 80.
Acquisition Bequeathed to Unversity College London by Grant.
FindingAids Collection level description.
Description Essays on medical subjects (1813-1815); notes on lectures delivered by John Barclay on comparative anatomy (1821); notes on the geology of Scotland (1823).
Repository GB 0103
AccessStatus Open
AccessConditions The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.
ReproductionConditions Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.
CatalogueStatus Catalogued
Language English
RelatedMaterial University College London Special Collections also holds a student's notes on Grant's lectures in comparative anatomy delivered at University College London (UCL), 1830, with a printed copy of an examination paper in comparative anatomy, 1831 (Ref: MS ADD 1); students' notes on Grant's lectures on comparative anatomy at UCL in 1832-1834 (Ref: MS ADD 38-9); a catalogue of Grant's library, in his own hand, post-1861 (MS ADD 58); two lists of specimens, instruments, etc, 1850 (Ref: MS ADD 59); notes by a student, John Phillips Potter, on lectures by Grant at UCL, 1841 (Ref: MS ADD 343); Grant's diplomas, 1814-1874, with some letters, 1871-1874 (Ref: COLLEGE ARCHIVES); letters of Grant relating to specimens and to UCL business, 1827-1875 (Ref: COLLEGE CORRESPONDENCE, including APPLICATIONS and MEDICAL FACULTY).

British Library, Manuscript Collections, holds lecture notes of Grant, 1853 (Ref: Add MS 31197).

Term Surgery
Medical sciences
PersonKey Barclay; John (1758-1826); anatomist
Grant; Robert Edmond (1793-1874); comparative anatomist and transmutationist

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