Robert Edmond Grant Memorial Lecture – speakers 1997-2017

Professor Helen Chatterjee delivering 2015 Robert Grant Memorial Lecture

The annual Robert Edmond Grant Memorial Lecture has been held in honour of Professor Robert Edmond Grant (born 11 November 1793 in Edinburgh; died 23 August 1874 at home, 2 Euston Grove, more). Grant was a zoologist, an expert on comparative anatomy, an evolutionist, and a political radical.

This annual lecture was organised by UCL Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy and UCL Department of Genetics, Evolution, and Environment (GEE), with support from several UCL units, sometimes with UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS).

Normally these lectures are held in November, celebrating Grant’s birthday. (Number 16 was delivered in March.) The series was initiated by Professor Helen Chatterjee in 1997 to mark the relaunch of UCL Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy.

Very sadly, since 2017, the Grant Lectures have been in abeyance owing to a downgrading of ambitions for the museum.

List of Speakers of Robert Edmond Grant Memorial Lectures (1997-2017)

number year lecturer and title
21 2017 Kate Jones
Our planet; our health
20 2016

Georgina Mace
Nature for Us?

19 2015 Helen Chatterjee
Adventures in Gibbon-ology
18 2014

Anjali Goswani
Why aren’t there any marsupial whales?

17 2013 (Nov)

Paul Upchurch
Fossils, climate change and the future of life on Earth

16 2013 (Feb)

Joe Cain
Darwin in London

15 2011

Roger Wooton
Zoology and mythology: looking at angels, fairies and dragons

14 2010

Steve Jones
Soft but not floppy; the art of science and the science of art

13 2009

James Moore
Darwin’s Progress And The Problem Of Slavery

12 2008

Hugh Torrens
Mary Anning: The greatest fossilist the world ever knew

11 2007

John van Wyhe
Rediscovering Darwin: The real story of Darwin’s finches

10 2006

Marek Kohn
“Then at once I seemed to see the whole effect of this…” Imagining the power of natural selection

09 2005

Michael Ruse
Darwin or Design? Reporting from the front lines of America’s struggle over evolution

08 2004

Pietro Corsi
Not alone, not the first: Lamarck and the first debate on the history of life, 1780-1802

07 2003

Joe Cain
Underneath the Scopes Trial: Why so many Americans hate evolution

06 2002

Janet Browne
Darwin as Caricature

05 2001

Peter Bowler
[Science and Religion]

04 2000

Martin Rudwick
Georges Cuvier’s paper museum of fossil bones

03 1999

Brian Gardiner
[title lost]

02 1998

Adrian Desmond
The Radical Evolutionist Robert Grant: The Trials of Darwin’s Teacher

01 1997

Stephen Jay Gould
[title lost]