George Gaylord Simpson, 1956 (courtesy American Philosophical Society Library).

George Gaylord Simpson’s “Night Thoughts on Leaving the American Museum,” 1959

George Gaylord Simpson (1902-1984) was a leader in twentieth century vertebrate palaeontology, and he contributed to making the American Museum of Natural History a powerhouse in the field. In 1959, Simpson left his job at the museum in a bitter dispute with its management. Simpson never published a rationale for his resignation, but he secretly wrote one. After his first day unemployed, Simpson penned a…

Edward K. Ford (1908) The Brown Dog and His Memorial | Protest | Professor Joe Cain

Dissertations and Research Projects (Undergraduates) (Teaching)

Undergraduates in UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) undertake final year projects resulting in dissertations or research reports. Professor Joe Cain supervises some students in this work, as do all academic staff in STS. The formal UCL module codes for include: HPSC0041 Dissertations (formerly HPSC3004) For students undertaking: History and Philosophy of Science BSc Science and Society BSc Sociology and the Politics of…

The famous “Dinner in the Iguanodon Model” was immortalised in this picture, published in Illustrated London News, 7 January 1854, p. 22.

Dinner in the Iguanodon, December 31, 1853 (Crystal Palace Dinosaurs)

This article, titled “Dinner in the Iguanodon,” first appeared on the Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs History Blog in July 2013. Dinner in the Iguanodon The “Dinner in the Iguanodon Model” is the best known story about Crystal Palace Dinosaurs. It took place on New Year’s Eve 31 December 1853 and was immortalised in the picture published in Illustrated London News, 7 January 1854, p. 22. “Mr Waterhouse Hawkins…

Robert E. Sloan | American Paleontologist | by Professor Joe Cain | 2008

Interview with Robert E. Sloan

A series of oral history interviews in 1996 with Professor Robert E. Sloan (Bob) regarding his career, the recent history of paleontology, and the life of an American scientist in the second half of the twentieth century. These comprise 16 sessions, from tape recorded interviews. These transcripts are from cassette tapes now on deposit at University of Minnesota Archives, Twin Cities campus. The interviewer is Professor Joe…

George Baxter's famous print shows the Crystal Palace Park as conceived prior to its opening in 1854. This landscape for dinosaurs imagines a tour underway.

George Baxter’s Famous Print of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs Re-examined

This post on George Baxter was first published 13 August 2014 for Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs. It is re-published here with amendments. Baxter Print Re-examined The famous ‘Baxter’ print of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs is a favourite for those who admire the site. The post investigates the print’s origin and describes what it can tell visitors about Crystal Palace Dinosaurs. Who made it? George Baxter…