Pennant, Thomas, 1726-1798

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Birth 1726-06-14
Death 1798-12-16

Biographical notes:

Natural historian, scientist, traveller and Fellow of the Royal Society in London, Pennant was acquainted with all the notable scientists of his time and was a close friend of Sir Joseph Banks. Pennant was a prolific writer and his publications include The British zoology (1766), A tour of Scotland, 1769 (1771), Arctic zoology (1784). Pennant incorporated information about Australian fauna in his books A history of quadrupeds (1781) and the fourth volume of Outlines of the globe (1798).

From the description of Animals observed or collected by Joseph Banks esqr. & Doctor Solander in the voyage round the world begun August 25th 1768 ended July 12th 1771 [manuscript]. [ca. 1771] (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 225818956

Thomas Pennant was a noted Welsh naturalist. Born in a distinguished Welsh family, his diverse interests led him to study natural history, and he was elected to the Royal Swedish Society of Sciences in 1757 and the Royal Society in 1767. Of his many publications, A Tour of Scotland in 1769 was perhaps most popular, and, along with similar Tour books he published, had helped preserve a record of antiquarian relics that have since been lost. He also published British Zoology and History of Quadrapeds.

From the description of Thomas Pennant letter to George Allan, 1777 March 21. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 55998291

Pennant was born at Dowing, Whiteford, Flintshire in 1726. He wrote works on zoology and on travel in Great Britain, and planned to publish a series of Outlines of the globe. Of the latter, four volumes were published (1800).

From the description of Manuscript of Flora Indica by Thomas Pennant, 1790? (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 43840764

British naturalist.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Downing in Flintshire, to an unidentified recipient, [docketed 1756 Jan. 27]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270872096

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Downing, to an unidentified recipient, 1756 Jan. 27. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270872098

Thomas Pennant, English naturalist, traveller, and writer.

From the guide to the Thomas Pennant manuscript material : 7 items, 1791-1794, (The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.)


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