The Father of Geology, James Hutton

On 26 March 1797, James Hutton, the East Lothian farmer turned geologist and founder of the Oyster Club, died. His studies into the formation of the earth helped form the basis of modern geology.

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Oysters and a Pearl of a Club

If you mention oysters to most people the reaction is either “yummy” or “yeuch” with little, or nothing, in between. The original Oyster Club was founded by James Hutton, often said to be the father of the science of geology and among the first to theorise about the antiquity of our planet. He, Joseph Black a chemistry scientist and the famous economist and author Adam Smith established the Oyster Club as a weekly meeting for Edinburgh intellectuals as well as visiting thinkers like James Watt and Benjamin Franklin.

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