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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Robert Knox (4 September 1791 – 20 December 1862) was a Scottish surgeon, anatomist and zoologist. He was the most popular lecturer in anatomy in Edinburgh before his involvement in the Burke and Hare murders. This ruined his career, and a later move to London did not improve matters. His later pessimistic view of humanity contrasted sharply with his youthful attachment to the ideas of Étienne Geoffroy.

Knox's ideas on anthropology and ethnology are now considered racist, notably his view, shared widely by his contemporaries, that Anglo-Saxons are an innately superior people. This also harmed his legacy, although he always rejected natural theology and believed that there was a blood relationship between all living things.

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