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Professor Adam Sedgwick (1785–1873)

Photo credit: Department of Earth Sciences and Sedgwick Museum, University of Cambridge

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Adam Sedgwick was one of the founders of modern geology and proposed the Devonian period of the geological timescale. In later work based on Welsh rock strata, he proposed the Cambrian period. He had guided the young Charles Darwin in his early study of geology but Sedgwick was an outspoken opponent of Darwin's theory of evolution by means of natural selection.

Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge


  • Date

    1844 (?)

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    75.6 x 62.2 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    gift to the University by William Whewell, Master of Trinity College, 1862; deposited in the Fitzwilliam Museum; transferred to the Sedgwick Museum, 1904


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Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge

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