Emanuel Mendez da Costa
1717 – 1791
Who was Emanuel Mendez da Costa?
He was one of the first Jewish Fellows of the Royal Society of London, and became its librarian. He was also a fellow of the Antiquarian Society of London; a member of the Botanic Society in Florence, the Aurelian Society, and the Gentleman's Society at Spalding.
His publications included A Natural History of Fossils 1757; Elements of Conchology, or An Introduction to the Knowledge of Shells 1776; British Conchology 1778; several important papers in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society; and other scientific publications.
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