Zoologist. Assistant surgeon on H.M.S. Rattlesnake, 1846–50, during which time he investigated Hydrozoa and other marine invertebrates. Lecturer in natural history, Royal School of Mines, 1854; professor, 1857. Appointed naturalist to the Geological Survey of Great Britain in 1855. Hunterian Professor, Royal College of Surgeons of England, 1863–9. Fullerian Professor, Royal Institution of Great Britain, 1863–7. President of the Royal Society of London, 1883–5. FRS 1851.
Sources: Clark, R. W. 1968 Desmond, Adrian 1994–7 DNB DSB Royal Society record
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