Bottles, Bones, and Fossils: Medicine, Chemistry, and Geology in Christ Church, 1546-1930, by Dr Allan Chapman

Monday, February 19, 2018 - 17:15
Contact person
Dr Cristina Neagu
01865 276265
Talk / Lecture

When King Henry VIIIth established the Regius Professorship of Medicine in Christ Church in 1546, he inaugurated a distinguished medical and scientific tradition for the College. Dr Thomas Willis founded neurological anatomy in the College in the 1660s, while his pupils Robert Hooke, John Locke, Richard Lower and others would carry on the brilliant experimental tradition. In 1767, the Lee Building was opened, as a centre for medicine, chemistry, and scientific teaching, with inspiring figures such as Dr John Kidd drawing students from across the University. Then in 1825, Canon William Buckland became Regius Reader in Geology. A brilliant, colourful, and charismatic researcher and teacher, Buckland probably did more than anyone to put geology on the academic map, educating many hundreds of young men across four decades. So when Darwin published The Origin of Species in 1859, Britain already had a large geologically-literate population. Following the University Reform Acts in the 1850s, chemistry became a degree subject, and Augustus Vernon Harcourt and his Lee Reader successors spearheaded Christ Church chemistry into the twentieth century.

The talk, delivered by Dr Allan Chapman, will take place on 19 February in the Upper Library at Christ Church, commencing 5:15 pm. All are welcome. The event is free of charge, but spaces are limited.

To book a place, please contact Dr Cristina Neagu, Keeper of Special Collections, Christ Church Library.