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James Hutton, Scotland’s forgotten genius

James Hutton, Scotland’s forgotten genius

James Hutton by Sir Henry Raeburn (c) Scottish National Portrait Gallery
“Hutton’s approach epitomises the Institute’s purpose, intent and values. He was willing to stand up to dogma, based on the rigorous pursuit of observation and science.
James Hutton: 1726-1797

Two hundred and ninety-five years ago, one of the most influential Scots ever was born: a man whose influence on our understanding of the earth was revolutionary at the time and has unlocked vast areas of related knowledge since then. He successfully challenged the then-accepted idea that the Earth was only thousands of years old. And yet his name is barely known in his homeland, despite his worldwide impact and reputation elsewhere.

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