George Wilson

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George Wilson

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born
in Edinburgh, Scotland, The United Kingdom
February 21, 1818

died
November 22, 1859

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George Wilson (21 February 1818 – 22 November 1859) was Regius Professor of Technology at the University of Edinburgh, and the first Director of the Industrial Museum of Scotland.

Born in Edinburgh, he was the younger brother of the anthropologist Sir Daniel Wilson. He attended the Royal High School and trained as a doctor at the University, where he completed a doctoral thesis on haloid salts in 1839. He lectured in chemistry at the Royal College of Surgeons from 1840, and was appointed lecturer at the Veterinary College in 1843. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1845, and served as President of Royal Scottish Society of Arts, 1855-1857.

On the establishment of the Industrial Museum of Scotland in 1855, Wilson was
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His Theory of the Universe seems to have been, that it consisted solely of a multitude of objects which could be weighed, numbered, and measured; and the vocation to which he considered himself called was, to weigh, number and measure as many of those objects as his allotted three-score years and ten would permit. This conviction biased all his doings, alike his great scientific enterprises, and the petty details of his daily life.”
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