Adam Sedgwick

Geologist, Academic

1785 – 1873

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Who was Adam Sedgwick?

Adam Sedgwick was one of the founders of modern geology. He proposed the Devonian period of the geological timescale. Later, he proposed the Cambrian period, based on work which he did on Welsh rock strata.

Though he had guided the young Charles Darwin in his early study of geology, Sedgwick was an outspoken opponent of Darwin's theory of evolution by means of natural selection.

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Born
Mar 22, 1785
Dent, Cumbria
Religion
  • Anglicanism
Nationality
  • United Kingdom
Profession
Education
  • University of Cambridge
  • Sedbergh School
  • Trinity College, Cambridge
Employment
  • University of Cambridge
Died
Jan 27, 1873
Cambridge

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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