Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Museum Tribute to the Dinosaur Inventor

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Museum Tribute to the Dinosaur Inventor

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The genius of the man who invented the word "dinosaur" will be celebrated tomorrow when a special display opens at London's Natural History Museum.

It marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir Richard Owen, who founded the museum in 1881.

He was the first person to describe the already extinct dodo and led a 25-year campaign for a museum dedicated to natural history.

One of Darwin's most ferocious opponents, he was also one of the leading evolutionary biologists of his time.

The free display, Sir Richard Owen ( The Man Who Invented Dinosaurs, highlights his outstanding contribution to science and public learning.

There will also be a series of drop-in talks by scientists and a show of significant specimens with which he worked.

Sir Richard (1804-1892) was notorious for hijacking other scientists' specimens and undermining people in anonymous reviews of their work while supporting them in public.

Dr Paul Barrett, the museum's dinosaur researcher, said: "He was a very political figure, very ambitious and in a position to control the outlook of genealogy and palaeontology in the UK and parts of the US. …

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