Charles Regan, British ichthyologist
Charles Tate Regan (1878-1943), British ichthyologist. Regan did much work on fish classification. He joined the British Museum (Natural History) in 1901. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1917. Later, he became Keeper of Zoology. From 1927 to 1938, he was director of the Natural History Museum. Photographed circa 1930
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1883 Richard Owens study ex BMNH
Richard Owen (20, July 1804- 18 December 1892). 1883 portrait in his home study for The Graphic magazine. The year he retired from the BMNH. Owen was a comparative anatomist and palaeontologist who became one of the most famous and politically influential biologists of the Victorian era. His achievements included coining the word Dinosauria (1842), and establishing the new British Museum of Natural History at South Kensington in 1881. He worked hard and wrote prolifically, but his scientific legacy is limited. Partly this is because of his reluctance to theorize, and partly it is because of his antagonism towards those who advocated evolution by natural selection (Huxley's view on the human brain in particular). Owen's reputation was damaged by his unwillingness to accept criticism, and a tendency to ruthlessly manoeuvre to take credit for discoveries. He was knighted in 1894
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Coot water migratory bird
Coots are small water birds that are members of the Rallidae (rail) family. They constitute the genus Fulica. Coots have predominantly black plumage, often swimming in open water. They are close relatives of the moorhen. A photograph of an original hand-colored engraving from The History of British Birds by Morris published in 1853