Sir Richard Owen 1842

Richard Owen
Richard Owen
Born20 July 1804
Died18 December 1892 | Age 88

The word Dinosaur was invented by Richard Owen.

Although dinosaur fossils were being discovered in Britain, and around the world, these prehistoric reptiles did not receive their famous name until 1842.

Dinosaur is born
As a young man Owen recognised the fossils found at the Jurassic coast shared a number of distinctive features.
He said they were terrible lizards. A diverse family of awesome animals that deserved their own distinct taxonomic group - which he named Dinosauria. The word dinosaur from Greek dino "terrible", "awesome" or "fearfully great" and saurus for "lizard". So you can think of a dinosaur as an Awesome lizard

Sir Richard Owen plaque
Sir Richard Owen plaque

The palaeontologist, came from a poor background in Lancashire to become what we might call a celebrity scientist today. He was labelled "impudent" by teachers at Lancaster Royal Grammar School.


The first scientifically named dinosaur is Megalosaurus it was a large Theropod dinosaur and was the first dinosaur skeleton ever discovered. It was discovered by William Buckland in the 1824. However, Richard Plot had discovered this dinosaur's femur, which he called "Scrotum humanum", in 1627, nearly two centuries before.
The emblem of Rule Britannia
In History
  • 16 February 1834.
    This month 190 years ago the world lost Lionel Lukin
  • 14 February 1779.
    This month 245 years ago the world lost Captain Cook
  • 05 February 1790.
    This month 234 years ago the world lost William Cullen
  • 10 February 1868.
    This month 156 years ago the world lost David Brewster
  • 26 February 1884.
    This month 139 years ago the world lost Alexander Wood
  • 10 February 1912.
    This month 112 years ago the world lost Joseph Lister
  • 23 February 1965.
    This month 59 years ago the world lost Stan Laurel
  • 08 February 2017.
    This month 7 years ago the world lost Peter Mansfield
  • 17 February 2011.
    This month 13 years ago the world lost Ron Hickman
  • Trouser Press. 100 years ago July 8 1924 Peter Corby was born
  • 21 February 1741.
    This month 283 years ago the world lost Jethro Tull
  • 19 February 1927.
    This month 97 years ago the world lost Herbert Akroyd Stuart
  • 06 February 1804.
    This month 220 years ago the world lost Joseph Priestley
  • 200 years ago in 1824 Portland cement is patented
The emblem of Rule Britannia
Who Invented?
Who Discovered?
Who Created?
The History of..