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Grant Papers

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0103 MS ADD 28
Held at: University College London
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Full title: Grant Papers
Date(s): 1813-1823
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume
Name of creator(s): Grant | Robert Edmond | 1793-1874 | comparative anatomist

Context

Administrative/Biographical history:

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.

Content

Scope and content/abstract:

Essays on medical subjects (1813-1815); notes on lectures delivered by John Barclay on comparative anatomy (1821); notes on the geology of Scotland (1823).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Open.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Normal copyright restrictions apply.

Finding aids:

Collection level description.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Bequeathed to Unversity College London by Grant.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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).

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Source: National Register of Archives.

Rules or conventions:

Date(s) of descriptions:
1999, revised Aug 2001

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