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Richard Owen
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Born (1804-07-20)20 July 1804
Died 18 December 1892(1892-12-18) (aged 88)
Nationality United Kingdom
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
St Bartholomew's Hospital
Known for Natural History Museum
Scientific career
Fields comparative anatomy

Sir Richard Owen KCB (Lancaster, 20 July 1804–18 December 1892) was an English biologist, comparative anatomist and palaeontologist.

Owen is probably best remembered today for coining the word Dinosauria (meaning 'Terrible Reptile'), and for his outspoken opposition to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection.

Owen was the driving force behind the establishment, in 1881, of the British Museum (Natural History) in London.

Owen's technical descriptions of vertebrates were important. His Comparative Anatomy and Physiology of Vertebrates (3 vols. London 1866–1868) was a standard reference work for many years.

His career was tainted by accusations that he failed to give credit to the work of others and even tried to appropriate it under his own name.

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