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Flying Officer W E Johns - Biggles stories in Modern Boy Featured Authors Print

Flying Officer W E Johns - Biggles stories in Modern Boy

Advertisement in The Modern Boy magazine for the forthcoming series of stories written by Flying Officer W. E. Johns concerning the wartime adventures of Captain James Bigglesworth, known to his comrades as Biggles. William Earl Johns (5 February 1893 21 June 1968) was an English pilot and writer of adventure stories, usually written under the pen name Captain W. E. Johns. He is best remembered as the creator of the ace pilot and adventurer Biggles. Date: 1932

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Jonathan Couch, Cornwall. Before 1870 Featured Authors Print

Jonathan Couch, Cornwall. Before 1870

Full length portrait photograph of Dr Jonathan Couch (1789-1870) standing with one hand hooked into his waistcoat and holding a top hat in the other. Couch was born in Polperro and, after qualifying as a medical doctor, returned to his birthplace in 1810. He was a keen local historian, naturalist and published author whose interests and works included zoology, botany, geology, ichthyology, archaeology and Cornish folklore. Photographer: Unknown

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1881 Charles Darwin Portrait aftr Collier Featured Authors Print

1881 Charles Darwin Portrait aftr Collier

1881 Charles Robert Darwin ( 12 February 1809 - 19 April 1882) English Naturalist and author of the Origin of Species. 1922 Hand coloured portrait aquatint of Darwin by G. Sidney Hunt after the 1881 painting by John Collier. Collier's portrait is mentioned in his son Francis Darwin's "Life and Letter of Charles Darwin" as follows "Many of those who knew (Darwin's) face most intimately think that Mr. Collier's picture is the best of the portraits". Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection stands as one of the greatest and most controversial ideas of science. It is the basis of life sciences today

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