Talk:Robert Edmond Grant

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Name spelling?[edit]

Darwin, Adrian Desmond and James Moore, spells the middle name Edmond - should this page be moved to that spelling? . dave souza 00:09, 17 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Changes of emphasis[edit]

Based partly on Desmond's The politics of evolution, which contains extensive material on Grant (and other sources), I see a need for some changes in emphasis in the article, as follows:

1. Grant's influence on Darwin is restricted to the period when CD was a student in Edinburgh. He helped CD turn from medicine to natural history/zoology. I see no evidence that he had any influence on CD's later work on evolution. This needs to be said.
2. Grant's own ideas on evolution were more Geoffroyan than Lamarkian. That needs explanation.
3. The continental influence on G is notable: he was perhaps one of the foremost advocate of French and German ideas in the 1820s to 1840s.
4. The radical politics angle needs to be expanded/better explained.
5. One key biographical question is why his reputation fell so dramatically during his life. Some ideas have been suggested, and these suggestions need to be woven in. Much information about Grant was lost with his bound volume of letters. Macdonald-ross (talk) 18:42, 28 June 2008 (UTC)

Split grant Museum[edit]

Shoulnd't it be split from here? FunkMonk (talk) 03:10, 6 January 2012 (UTC)