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Sir Peter Chalmers Mitchell, F.R.S


PETER CHALMEBS MITCHELL was born at Dunfermline on November 23, 1864, and died in London, as the result of an accident, on July 2, 1945. He was the eldest son of the Rev. Alexander Mitchell, and was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School, the University of Aberdeen, and at Christ Church, Oxford, where he was an exhibitioner. He also studied in Berlin and Leipzig. He became senior University demonstrator in comparative anatomy and assistant to the Linacre professor at Oxford in 1888, and during 1891–93 was organizing secretary for technical instruction to^the Oxfordshire County Council. Afterwards he went to London as lecturer in biology at Charing Cross Hospital and at the London Hospital. During this period he carried out various comparative studies mainly on the anatomy of birds, and in the course of this work spent much time at the prosectorium of the Zoological Society. About this time he published his "Outlines of Biology" and "Thomas Henry Huxley: A Sketch of his Life and Work", an outstanding biography which perhaps more than any other of his writings reveals his literary gifts. He also translated Metchnikoff's "The Prolongation of Life, Optimistic Studies" and O. Hertwig's "The Biological Problem of To-day. Preformation or Epigenesis?".


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HINDLE, E. Sir Peter Chalmers Mitchell, F.R.S. Nature 156, 103–104 (1945).

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