Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

I study people, technology, and the worlds they make

Owen and Darwin at the Natural History Museum

This won’t be exciting to anyone but historians of science, but yesterday when I was at the Natural History Museum, I noticed something new. The statue of Richard Owen that had been on the landing of the grand staircase had been replaced by Charles Darwin.

Here’s Owen in 2005:

And Darwin now:

via flickr

Nothing at all symbolic about the swap, of course.


  1. well, it’s the bicentennary of Darwin, not of Owen …

  2. Quite true, quite true. But I couldn’t help but see the replacement as the
    latest chapter in the struggle between Owen and his generation on the one
    hand, and the Darwin-Huxley circle on the other.

  3. I think your bathroom theory is more probable 🙂

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