Charles Lyell

1797 - 1875

Charles Lyell

Sir Charles Lyell, 1st Baronet, (14 November 1797 – 22 February 1875) was a Scottish geologist who demonstrated the power of known natural causes in explaining Earth's history. He is best known as the author of Principles of Geology (1830–33), which presented to a wide public audience the idea that Earth was shaped by the same natural processes still in operation today, operating at similar intensities. The philosopher William Whewell termed this gradualistic view "uniformitarianism" and contrasted it with catastrophism, which had been championed by Georges Cuvier and was better accepted in Europe. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles Lyell has received more than 692,891 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 6th most popular geologist.

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Among geologists, Charles Lyell ranks 6 out of 52Before him are Alfred Wegener, Charles Francis Richter, Nicolas Steno, Friedrich Mohs, and Milutin Milanković. After him are James Hutton, Francis Beaufort, Andrija Mohorovičić, Inge Lehmann, Eduard Suess, and Abraham Gottlob Werner.

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Among people born in 1797, Charles Lyell ranks 11Before him are Gaetano Donizetti, Adolphe Thiers, Hiroshige, Shamil, 3rd Imam of Dagestan, Joseph Henry, and Ghalib. After him are Alfred de Vigny, Paul Delaroche, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Augustus II of Saxony, Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and Utagawa Kuniyoshi. Among people deceased in 1875, Charles Lyell ranks 11Before him are Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Andrew Johnson, Tongzhi Emperor, Isaac Singer, Éliphas Lévi, and John Edward Gray. After him are Moses Hess, Heinrich Louis d'Arrest, Charles Wheatstone, Friedrich Wilhelm Argelander, 12th Dalai Lama, and Pierre Larousse.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Charles Lyell ranks 435 out of 5,347Before him are Erasmus Darwin (1731), William McMaster Murdoch (1873), Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia (1596), George Martin (1926), James IV of Scotland (1473), and Isaac Barrow (1631). After him are Morrissey (1959), Thomas Hardy (1840), John Hicks (1904), Anne, Princess Royal (1950), James I of Scotland (1394), and Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester (1532).

Among GEOLOGISTS In United Kingdom

Among geologists born in United Kingdom, Charles Lyell ranks 1After him are James Hutton (1726), Eduard Suess (1831), William Smith (1769), Gideon Mantell (1790), Adam Sedgwick (1785), William Buckland (1784), Arthur Holmes (1890), Archibald Geikie (1835), and Joseph Thomson (1858).