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Oxford University Gazette, 29 June 2006: Lectures

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

William Buckland 150th anniversary symposium

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History, the History of Geology Group (HOGG), and the Palaeontological Association will meet on Saturday, 12 August, for a day of talks on William Buckland (1784–1856), to mark the 150th anniversary of his death.

The Museum will also be exhibiting some of Buckland's specimens and archives.

To attend the symposium, complete a registration form, which can be downloaded from the HOGG Web site, Completed forms should be sent to Professor James Kennedy, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW, with a cheque for £15 (£10 to members of HOGG and the Palaeontological Association). Cheques should be made payable to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Further information may be obtained from Professor Kennedy (e-mail:

The programme will begin at 10.30 a.m., followed by a series of thirty-minute presentations.

PROFESSOR KENNEDY: 'William Buckland: biographical outlines.'

JOHN BROOKE: 'On grand, original design: Buckland and his palaeo-theology.'

HUGH TORRENS, Keele: 'William Buckland and the transmission of British stratigraphic knowledge.'

MARTIN RUDWICK, San Diego and Cambridge: 'Buckland, Agassiz and glacial theory.'

PHILIP POWELL: 'New light on the history of "Megalosaurus", the Great Lizard of Stonesfield.'

SIMON KNELL, Leicester: 'William Buckland and museum as network hub.'

MARIANNE SOMMER, Zurich: 'On Buckland and the problem of antediluvian human remains.'

RALPH O'CONNOR, Cambridge: 'Journey to the centre of the Earth: William Buckland and geological storytelling.'

PHILLIP TAQUET, Paris: 'Buckland and Cuvier.'

CLAUDIA SCHWEIZER, Vienna: 'Pioneers of palaeobotany: Buckland, Brongniart, Sternberg, and their relations with Schlotheim.'

PATRICK BOYLAN, Leicester: 'William Buckland and the early institutionalisation of geology: the Oxford Readership, Geological Society and British Association.'