Charles Lyell Biography

Sir Charles Lyell, 1st Baronet, FRS was a British lawyer and the foremost geologist of his day. He is best known as the author of Principles of Geology, which popularised James Hutton's concepts of uniformitarianism – the idea that the Earth was shaped by the same processes still in operation today. Principles of Geology also challenged theories popularized by George Cuvier, which were the most accepted and circulated ideas about geology in England at the time. Lyell was also one of the first to believe that the world is older than 300 million years, on the basis of its geological anomalies. Lyell was a close and influential friend of Charles Darwin. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Charles Lyell
Full Name:
Sir Charles Lyell, Baronet
Nationality:
United Kingdom
Profession:
Lawyer, Geologist
Date of Birth:
November 14, 1797
Astrological Sign:
Scorpio
Date of Death:
February 22, 1875
Age at Death:
77
Charles Lyell Timeline
  • 1837-02-17
    Charles Lyell makes his presidential address to the Geographical Society, London and announces that Richard Owen has concluded from Darwin's fossils that extinct species were related to current species in the same locality
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