Charles Lyell

Geologist Charles Lyell Full Name: Charles Lyell [Sir Charles Lyell, Baronet]
Nationality: Scottish

Profession: Geologist
Why Famous: Author of 'Principles of Geology', first published in January 1830.

He popularized the idea of uniformitarianism, first proposed by James Hutton, which explains how features of the Earth’s surface are produced over long periods of geological time by the same physical, chemical, and biological processes acting today.

Born: November 14, 1797
Star Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kinnordy, Angus, Scotland

Died: February 22, 1875 (aged 77)

Historical Events in the Life of Charles Lyell

  • 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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