Reference numberMS/627
TitlePrints of organisms related to Sir Charles Wyville Thomson
DescriptionThe plates are of unknown biological samples taken from the deep-seas on the HMS Porcupine in 1869. Each print has several specimens illustrated on it. Several of the prints are numbered, but there is no corresponding identification. The prints are glued on to carboard backings.
One of the micrographs was published in Thomson's 'The depths of the sea. In the introduction of this work, he acknowledges that the drawings were penciled by Jean Jacques Wilde and rendered into wood blocks by J D Cooper.
Extent12 prints, in box, MS Box, Large
Physical description263x195, 152x221mm
ArrangementSeveral of the plates had been renumbered in pencil. Though the new numbering is not sequential, the prints have been arranged to follow their original numbering.
Access statusOpen
Administrative historySir Charles Wyville Thomson FRS, was born on 5 March 1830 at Bonsyde. A naturalist, Thomson was educated at Merchiston Castle School and later the University of Edinburgh, where he studied medicine. However, Thomson was more interested in biology and geology and in 1850 he became a lecturer of Botany at King's College, Aberdeen, and later a professor of natural history at Queen's College, Cork, and professor of botany at the Royal College of Science, Dubin.
Thomson was married Jane Ramage Dawson in 1853 and was elected FRS in 1869.
Thomson was interested in the organisms of the deep sea and with help from the RS and the Admiralty, he received support to mount deep sea expeditions. In 1868 and 1869, Thomson explored the depths of the sea with the HSM Lightning and HMS Porcupine. He published his work in 1873, in The depths of the sea. He later mounted a larger expedition on the HMS Challenger from 1872-1876. The findings of this expedition were published in several volumes of the Challenger's Reports.
Thomson died on 10 March 1882.
Related materialWyville Thomson The Depths of the Sea
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