E. Ray Lankester

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Sir E. Ray Lankester
Sir E. Ray Lankester in 1908
Born(1847-05-15)15 May 1847
Died13 August 1929(1929-08-13) (aged 82)
Alma materChrist Church, Oxford
Known forEvolution, Rationalism
AwardsKnight Bachelor (1906)
Darwin-Wallace Medal (Silver, 1908)
Copley Medal (1913)
Linnean Medal (1920)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity College London
Oxford University
British Museum (Natural History)
InfluencesThomas Henry Huxley, August Weismann, Anton Dohrn
InfluencedE.S. Goodrich
W.F.R. Weldon
Author abbrev. (botany)Lank.

Sir E. Ray Lankester KCB, FRS (15 May 1847 – 13 August 1929) was a British zoologist, born in London.[1][2]

Ray Lankester was an invertebrate zoologist and evolutionary biologist. He was Professor of Zoology at University College London and Oxford University. He was the third Director of the Natural History Museum, and was awarded the Copley Medal of the Royal Society.[3]

E. (Edwin: his first name was never used) Ray Lankester was the son of Edwin Lankester, a coroner and doctor-naturalist who helped abolish cholera in London.[4] Ray Lankester was probably named after the naturalist John Ray.

References[change | change source]

  1. New International Encyclopaedia
  2. Osborn, Henry Fairfield 1929. "Obituary: Sir E. Ray Lankester, K.C.B., F.R.S.". Nature. 124 (3122): 345–346. doi:10.1038/124345a0. S2CID 4205755.
  3. Goodrich, Edwin S. 1931. "The scientific work of Edwin Ray Lankester" (PDF). Quarterly Journal of Microscopical Science. s2-74 (295): 363–382.
  4. "Lankester, Edwin Ray". Who's Who. 59: 1019. 1907.