William Buckland


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Buckland, William,

1784–1856, English geologist. He was dean of Westminster from 1845. First to note in England the action of glacial ice on rocks, he did much to bring physical and natural science into high repute and was responsible for giving Oxford (where he was a student and later a fellow) an international name in science. He wrote Reliquiae Diluvianae (1823) and Geology and Mineralogy Considered with Reference to Natural Theology (1836). Francis T. Buckland, English surgeon and naturalist, was his son.
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To get a glimpse of that older world--to understand how devoted Christians were not just coping with new research, but vigorously leading it--look at the once world-famous William Buckland (1784-1856).
Georges Cuvier, William Buckland, Charles Lyell, and several other famous figures from early-19th-century science make cameo appearances, but most of the action is along the beach, in the fossil-bearing strata.
This story began in 1787 with the first recorded ascent of Mont Blanc by Horace-Benedict de Saussure; it ended in 1822 with the spectacular demonstration by William Buckland that large hyenas had once roamed antediluvian Yorkshire.
"We bring you Joshua Norton, self-proclaimed Emperor of the United States of America; William Cope, the 'Green Man' of Brighton; William Buckland, who ate anything and everything from a bluebottle to the heart of King Louis XIV; and many equally odd and endearing characters.
Oxford's all international brigade of Boat Race debutants are Americans Adam Kosmicki, Magnus Fleming, William Buckland and Terence Kooyker, Canadian Andrew Wright, Croatia's Ante Kusurin and Pole Michal Plotkowiak.
The occasional onset of sentiment didn't help either: when William Buckland imported a live African hyena, intending to dissect its skeleton for the greater understanding of taphonomy-the study of the processes involved in fossilisation--he found he couldn't do it, and kept Billy as a pet for 25 years instead.
Freeman tells this story well by tracing the work of William Smith, Sir Charles Lyell, William Buckland, and others who sought to make sense of the earth's past.
FOOD fetishist, the Rev William Buckland, of Oxford, ate baked guinea pig, deep-fried mice, roasted hedgehog and sea slug.
Its bones were discovered in a quarry in Oxfordshire and first studied in 1924 by the Rev William Buckland - one of Britain's most eminent geologists.
The Red Lady of Paviland was indeed discovered there in 1823 by Rev William Buckland, Professor of Geology at Oxford University, but this does not tell the whole story.
In 1829, the earl of Bridgewater left a will devoting funds to support the publication of essays "On the Power, Wisdom and Goodness of God as manifested in the Creation." A series of treatises appeared over the following decade, authored by some of the greatest minds of a dazzling age of scientific creativity, including such towering geniuses as William Whewell and William Buckland.