Authorised form of nameLyell; Sir; Charles (1797 - 1875)
Dates1797 - 1875
Dates and placesBirth:
Family residence at Kinnordy, near Kirriemuir, Forfarshire, Scotland (14 November 1797)
His house at 53 Harley Street, London (22 February 1875)
Nave of Westminster Abbey, London
ActivityResearch Field:
Geology, evolutionary biology
Oxford; Lincoln's Inn
Called to the Bar (1825); first Professor of Geology, King's College London (1831- resignation in 1833)
Kt 1848; Bt 1864
FGS; FLS; Athenaeum
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
Royal Medal 1834; Copley Medal 1858
Bakerian 1835
RelationshipsMarried (12 July 1832) Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Leonard Horner (FRS 1813)
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
Proc Roy Soc 1876-1877 vol 25 pp xi-xiv signed by A G
Sir Edward Bailey, 'Charles Lyell, FRS (1797-1875)' in NR 1959 vol 14 pp 121-138, plate
Roy M MacLeod, 'Of Medals and Men: A Reward System in Victorian Science 1826-1914' in NR 1971 vol 26 pp 81-105
Martin Rudwick, 'Charles Lyell, FRS (1797-1875) and His London Lectures on Geology, 1832-33' in NR 1974-5 vol 29 pp 231-263
M J Bartholomew, 'The Award of the Copley Medal to Charles Darwin' in NR 1975-6 vol 30 pp 209-218
David A Cumming, 'John MacCulloch, FRS, at Addiscombe: The Lectureships in Chemistry and Geology' in NR 1979-80 vol 34 pp 155-183
William Mills, 'Darwin and the Iceberg Theory' in NR 1983-84 vol 38 pp 109-127
Gillian Beer, 'Translation or Transformation? The Relations of Literature and Science' in NR 1990 vol 44 pp 81-99
Susan Sheets-Pyenson, '"Pearls Before Swine": Sir William Dawson's Bakerian Lecture of 1870' in NR 1991 vol 45 pp 177-191
G Y Craig, 'The Essence of Lyell', review of Charles Lyell's Principles of Geology (1830-33), ed. J Secord, in NR 1998 vol 52 p 375
R W Home, 'The Royal Society and the Empire: the colonial and Commonwealth Fellowship. Part 2. After 1847' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 47-84
G Ferrari and A McConnell, 'Robert Mallet and the 'Great Neapolitan earthquake' of 1857 in NR 2005 vol 59 pp 45-64
Royal Society codeNA8255
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
IM/002831Lyell, Sir Charlesnd
MM/9/1Letter from Charles Lyell to Susan19th century
MM/15/70Fragment of a copy of a letter from Charles Lyell to a person unknown on evolution19th century
MM/16/135Letter from Charles Lyell, Royal Society, to Sir John Herschel9 March 1848
IM/Maull/002832Lyell, Sir Charlesnd
MM/19/48Letter from Edward Sabine, President, Royal Society, to William Sharpey, Secretary, Royal Society23 February 1869
MS/710/69Letter from Charles Lyell, 53 Harley Street, London, to Robert Were Fox24 October 1864
IM/Maull/002833Lyell, Sir Charlesnd
MS/769/53Letter from Sir Charles Lyell, 53 Harley Street, to [Walter White?]28 February 1862
S/0017Sculpture bust of Lyell, Sir Charles
RSL/3/10Letter from James Calder, Maryland, to Sir Joseph Banks 10 January 1794
NLB/11/923Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Professor John Wesley Judd, Fellow of the Royal Society5 November 1895
RR/4/7Referee's report by Charles Lyell, on a paper 'Observations on the discovery in various localities of the remains of human art mixed with the bones of extinct races of animals' by Charles Babbage3 June 1859
RR/3/253Referee's report by Charles Lyell, on a paper 'Astronomical experiment on the peak of Teneriffe, carried out under the sanction of the lords commissioners of the admiralty' by Charles Piazzi Smyth20 February 1858
RR/5/208Referee's report by Charles Lyell, on a paper 'Theoretical considerations on the conditions under which the (drift) deposits containing the remains of extinct mammalia and flint implements were accumulated, and on their geological age. - On the Loess of the valleys of the South of England, and of the Somme and the Seine' by Joseph Prestwich8 June 1863
RR/6/145Referee's report by Charles Lyell, on a paper 'Contributions to the fossil flora of North Greenland, being a description of the plants collected by Mr. Edward Whymper during the summer of 1867' by Oswald Heer30 March 1869
RR/3/184Referee's report by George Julius Poulett Scrope, on a paper 'On the formation of continuous tabular masses of stony lava on steep slopes; with remarks on the mode of origin of Mount Etna, and the theory of craters of elevation' by Charles Lyell29 July 1858
RR/3/185Referee's report by John Tyndall, on a paper 'On the formation of continuous tabular masses of stony lava on steep slopes; with remarks on the mode of origin of Mount Etna, and the theory of craters of elevation' by Charles Lyell9 October 1858
RR/1/161Referee's report by Charles Lyell and Edward Forbes, on a paper 'Observations on some belemnites and other fossil remains of Cephalopoda, discovered by Mr. Reginald Neville Mantell, C. E. in the Oxford clay near Trowbridge, in Wiltshire' by Gideon Algernon MantellJuly 1848
MM/9/2Letter from Charles Lyell, Kinnordy, to Susan Horner5 September 1849
RR/4/162Referee's report by Charles Lyell, on a paper 'Report to the Royal Society of the expedition into the Kingdom of Naples to investigate the circumstances of the earthquake of the 16th December 1857' by Robert Mallet5 June 1860
RR/4/207Referee's report by Charles Lyell, on a paper 'On the occurrence of flint-implements, associated with the remains of animals of extinct species in beds of a late geological period, in France at Amiens and Abbeville, and in England at Hoxne' by Joseph Prestwich3 June 1859
IM/002834Lyell, Sir Charlesnd
IM/002835Lyell, Sir Charlesnd
EC/1825/20Lyell, Sir Charles: certificate of election to the Royal Society
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