Charles Lyell

Geologist Charles Lyell

Full Name: Sir Charles Lyell, Baronet
Profession: Geologist


Biography: 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
Birthplace: Kinnordy, Angus, Scotland
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: February 22, 1875 (aged 77)

Historical Events

  • 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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