James Hutton Biography

James Hutton FRSE was a Scottish geologist, physician, chemical manufacturer, naturalist, and experimental agriculturalist. He originated the theory of uniformitarianism—a fundamental principle of geology—which explains the features of the Earth's crust by means of natural processes over geologic time. Hutton's work established geology as a proper science, and thus he is often referred to as the "Father of Modern Geology".

Through observation and carefully reasoned geological arguments, Hutton came to believe that the Earth was perpetually being formed; he recognised that the history of the Earth could be determined by understanding how processes such as erosion and sedimentation work in the present day. His theories of geology and geologic time, also called deep time, came to be included in theories which were called plutonism and uniformitarianism. Some of his writings anticipated the Gaia hypothesis. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
James Hutton
Nationality:
Scotland
Profession:
Geologist, Physician
Ethnicity:
Scottish people
Date of Birth:
June 3, 1726
Astrological Sign:
Gemini
Date of Death:
March 26, 1797
Age at Death:
70
James Hutton Timeline
  • 1785-03-07
    James Hutton, geologist, presents his full theory of uniformitarianism at a meeting of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • 1785-07-04
    James Hutton, geologist, publicly reads an abstract of his theory of uniformitarianism for the first time at the meeting of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
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