William Buckland is considered to have been one of the British eccentrics. He was a prominent English geologist and palaeontologist who wrote numerous important books on geology, but also he was ordained as a priest and Dean of Westminster. He made frequent geological excursions on horseback to various parts of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. And by the way, he was the inventor of geology as an independent science. He persuaded the Prince Regent to endow an additional Readership and he became the first holder of the new appointment.
|12-MAR-1784||born at Axminster in Devon.|