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Adam Sedgwick
  • Name: Adam Sedgwick
  • Born: 03/22/1785
  • Died: 01/27/1873 (87 years old)
  • Known for: Classification of Cambrian rocks; opposition to evolution and natural selection

Adam Sedgwick (/ˈsɛwɪk/; 22 March 1785 – 27 January 1873) was a British geologist and priest, one of the founders of modern geology. He proposed the Cambrian and Devonian period of the geological timescale. Based on work which he did on Welsh rock strata, he proposed the Cambrian period in 1835, in a joint publication in which Roderick Murchison also proposed the Silurian period. Later in 1840, to resolve what later became known as the Great Devonian Controversy about rocks near the boundary between the Silurian and Carboniferous periods, he and Murchison proposed the Devonian period.

School: Trinity College, Cambridge

Birth Place: Dent, Yorkshire, England

Death Place: Cambridge, England

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