Thomas Hawkins

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Thomas Hawkins
Born 22 July 1810(1810-07-22)
Glastonbury, Somerset, England, U.K.
Died 15 October 1889 (79) [1]
Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England, U.K.
Affiliations Fellow of the Geological Society of London (F.G.S.)[1]

Thomas Hawkins (July 22, 1810 - October 15, 1889) was an English fossil preparator, collector, and dealer who donated extensive collections to the British Museum as well as Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and was noted for his grandiloquent advocacy for a religiously-inspired view of ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs as pre-Adamic beings and his usage of Hebraic naming for them (in addition to a general streak of eccentricity, including a broad litigiousness and claims to being the rightful Earl of Kent).

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Blanford, W. T. (1890), "Anniversary Address of the President", Proceedings of the Geological Society, February 21, 1890 (London: Taylor and Francis): 18,, "Thomas Hawkins, a native of Glastonbury, where he was born in 1810, was chiefly known by writings on Enaliosauriuns, on which he published two volumes[...] Mr. Hawkins made several large collections of Ichthyosaurian and Plesiosaurian remains on the Dorsetshire coast and the finest of these collections was purchased for the British Museum. Other collections were presented by Mr. Hawkins to Cambridge and Oxford. He died at Ventnor, Oct. 15th, having been a Fellow of the Society since 1832."