Famous 18th Century Geologists

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 1 Charles Lyell

Charles Lyell.
Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: November 14, 1797
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Angus
Died: February 22, 1875

Charles Lyell was a Scottish geologist best remembered for his work Principles of Geology, which explains the origin of the earth. He is also remembered for his pioneering explanation of climate change. A close friend of Charles Darwin, Charles Lyell is also credited with influencing many of Darwin's works pertaining to the theories of evolution.  

 2 Mikhail Lomonosov

Mikhail Lomonosov.
Famous As: Scientist, Poet, Geologist, Astronomer
Birthdate: November 19, 1711
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lomonossowo, Russia
Died: April 15, 1765

Russian polymath Mikhail Lomonosov was born to a fisherman father and left his village later to satiate his hunger for knowledge. Apart from reforming Russian language and literature, he also made the first colored glass mosaic in his country and discovered the atmosphere of Venus. He loved simple life.

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 3 James Hutton

James Hutton.
Famous As: Geologist
Birthdate: June 3, 1726
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Died: March 26, 1797

 4 William Smith

William Smith.
Famous As: paleontologist, civil engineer, geologist
Birthdate: March 23, 1769
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Churchill
Died: August 28, 1839

 5 John Needham

John Needham.
Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: September 10, 1713
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 30, 1781

 6 Adam Sedgwick

Adam Sedgwick
Famous As: Geologist
Birthdate: March 22, 1785
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dent
Died: January 27, 1873

Adam Sedgwick was a British Anglican priest and geologist. He is credited with guiding and mentoring Charles Darwin during his early years. However, Sedgwick went on to oppose Darwin's theory of evolution. The world's oldest student-run geological society, The Sedgwick Club, was established in his honor in 1880.

 7 William Withering

William Withering
Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: March 17, 1741
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wellington, Telford, England
Died: October 6, 1799
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 8 William Hopkins

William Hopkins.
Famous As: Mathematician, Geologist
Birthdate: February 2, 1793
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kingston on Soar
Died: October 13, 1866

William Hopkins was an English geologist and mathematician. He is remembered for serving as a private tutor of prospective undergraduate Cambridge mathematicians, which earned him the nickname senior-wrangler maker. Hopkins also played first-class cricket and was associated with Cambridge University Cricket Club. He had an unfortunate end to his life as he spent his final years in a lunatic asylum.

 9 Déodat Gratet de Dolomieu

Déodat Gratet de Dolomieu
Famous As: Geologist
Birthdate: June 23, 1750
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kingdom of France
Died: November 28, 1801

 10 Horace Bénédict de Saussure

Horace Bénédict de Saussure
Famous As: Geologist
Birthdate: February 17, 1740
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: January 22, 1799

 11 Giovanni Arduino

Giovanni Arduino
Famous As: Geologist
Birthdate: October 16, 1714
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Caprino Veronese, Italy
Died: March 21, 1795

 12 Johann Gottlob Lehmann

Johann Gottlob Lehmann
Famous As: Geologist
Birthdate: August 4, 1719
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bad Gottleuba-Berggießhübel, Germany
Died: January 22, 1767

 13 Georg Christian Füchsel

Georg Christian Füchsel
Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: February 14, 1722
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ilmenau, Germany
Died: June 20, 1773