James Peter Hill

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James Peter Hill
Born (1873-02-21)21 February 1873
Died 24 May 1954(1954-05-24) (aged 81)
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
Scientific career
Fields Embryology
Institutions University College London

James Peter Hill FRS[1] (21 February 1873 – 24 May 1954) was a British embryologist.


Born in Edinburgh, Hill gained a Doctor of Science degree[citation needed] at the University of Edinburgh.


Hill moved to Australia in 1892. In Australia he formed with a group dubbed "The Fraternity of Duckmaloi" that did studies on the platypus and was named for a noted "hunting ground" for the animal. He is also noted for studies of marsupials. He returned to Britain and UCL in 1906 as the Jodrell Chair of Zoology and curator of what is now the Grant Museum of Zoology.[2] In 1921 was made the first Chair of Embryology and Histology at UCL[3].

Awards and honours[edit]

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1913[1] and delivered their Croonian Lecture in 1929. He received their Darwin Medal in 1940 for his research on marsupials and monotremes. He was elected President of the Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland for 1939 to 1941.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He had retired in 1938, but is said to have continued working at home until his death.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Watson, D. M. S. (1955). "James Peter Hill 1873-1954". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 1: 100–126. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1955.0008. 
  2. ^ Platypus by Ann Moyal, pages 160-166
  3. ^ "On the Origin of Our Specimens: The Hill Years | UCL Museums & Collections Blog". blogs.ucl.ac.uk. Retrieved 2017-11-09. 
  4. ^ "The Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland - Presidents of the Society" (PDF). The Anatomical Society. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  5. ^ Duke University article