Lifetime: 1852 - 1912 Passed: ≈ 111 years ago


Zoologist, Physiologist



Andrew Wilson

Dr Andrew Wilson was a 19th/20th century Scottish zoologist, physiologist and author.

Wilson was born in Edinburgh on 30 September 1852, the son of Francis Wilson and Margaret Wilson, nee Spears (1810-1883). He appears to have been the great nephew of the Edinburgh zoologist James Wilson. He was educated at Dollar Academy then the Royal High School, Edinburgh. He studied science and medicine at the University of Edinburgh, graduating with an MB around 1872.

At the University of Edinburgh he was both the Combe lecturer and Gilchrist lecturer at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, covering zoology and comparative anatomy. He lived the last 20 years of his life at 110 Gilmore Place in south-west Edinburgh.

In 1879 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were John Young, Alexander Dickson, John Gray McKendrick and John Hutton Balfour.

He died on 25 August 1912. He is buried with his mother in Morningside Cemetery, Edinburgh. His grave lies in the southmost row, east of the southern entrance.

Books by Andrew Wilson

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Chapters on Evolution

Twentieth Century 19th century Evolution Nature Life Zoology Life Sciences

In the preface of this book, he writes: "...the chief aim of the work is to present in a popular and readily understood form, the chief evidences of the evolution of living beings. In this view, whilst I have been content to assume the reality of tha...