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John Jeremiah Bigsby
(14 Aug 1792 - 10 Feb 1881)

English physician and geologist who published Thesaurus Siluricus in 1868), his “master-roll” of the flora and fauna of the Silurian period. He spent most of his career in North America. After six years travelling through Canada, he published The Shoe and Canoe (1850) describing the scenery and society he saw.


Science Quotes by John Jeremiah Bigsby (3 quotes)

Photo of the obverse of Bigsby Medal, struck in gold, relief of John Bigsby, face, facing left.
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[About Sir Roderick Impey Murchison:] The enjoyments of elegant life you early chose to abandon, preferring to wander for many successive years over the rudest portions of Europe and Asia—regions new to Science—in the hope, happily realized, of winning new truths.
By a rare union of favourable circumstances, and of personal qualifications equally rare, you have thus been enabled to become the recognized Interpreter and Historian (not without illustrious aid) of the Silurian Period.
— John Jeremiah Bigsby
Dedication page in Thesaurus Siluricus: The Flora and Fauna of the Silurian Period (1868), iv.
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As long as an individual mollusk remains unregistered it is deprived of its full usefulness; but even then it may reveal an important fact—as the trilobite speaks of the Palaeozoic period, and a nummulite of the Tertiary.
— John Jeremiah Bigsby
In 'A Brief Account of the Thesaurus Siluricus with a Few Facts and Inferences', Proceedings op the Royal Society (1867), No. 90, 373.
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The Silurian Period—the grandest of all the Periods,—and, as yet, apparently the seed-time of all succeeding life.
— John Jeremiah Bigsby
Dedication page in Thesaurus Siluricus: The Flora and Fauna of the Silurian Period (1868), iv.
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