Edwin Ray Lankester

May 15, 1847 in
Greater London
August 13, 1929 in
Greater London

Sir Edwin Ray Lankester (15 May 1847 – 13 August 1929) was a British zoologist.

An invertebrate zoologist and evolutionary biologist, he held chairs at University College London and Oxford University. He was the third Director of the Natural History Museum, and was awarded the Copley Medal of the Royal Society.

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Edwin Ray is the child of Edwin Lankester, Phoebe Pope. They grew up with 7 siblings.

Ancestral names include Lankester, Martin, Pope, Walden.



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  1. WikipediaWikipedia article about Ray LankesterAccessed April 27, 2020
  2. The Colonies and IndiaLondonMention of death for Samuel Rushton Lankester, The Colonies and India, 1896-11-24, page 30