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Robert Chambers

Birthdate: (68)
Birthplace: Peebles, Scottish Borders, UK
Death: March 17, 1871 (68)
Fife, UK
Immediate Family:

Son of James Chambers and Jean Gibson
Husband of Anne Kirkwood
Father of Robert Chambers, Junior; Jane Gibson Nina Chambers; Amelia Lehmann; Mary Chambers; Anne Chambers and 6 others
Brother of William Chambers of Glenormiston

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About Robert Chambers

Robert Chambers FRSE FGS was a Scottish publisher, geologist, evolutionary thinker, author and journal editor who, like his elder brother and business partner William Chambers, was highly influential in mid-19th century scientific and political circles.

Chambers was an early phrenologist and was the anonymous author of Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation, which was so controversial that his authorship was not acknowledged until after his death.

Biographical Summary

CHAMBERS, ROBERT. 10/07/1802-17/03/1871. Ref: 297. Male.

  • Place of Birth: Peebles, Peeblesshire.
  • Place of Death: St. Andrews, Fife.
  • Place of interment: St. Regulus Chapel. St. Andrews, Fife.
  • Profession: Publisher, Geologist, Author.
  • Appointments Held: Partner W & R Chambers, Publisher, Edinburgh.
  • Schools and Tutors: The High School, Edinburgh.
  • Postgraduate Studies: LL.D.
  • Publications: "The Traditions of Edinburgh", "The Picture of Scotland", "Histories of the Rebellions", "Ancient Sea Margins of Scorland", "Vestiges of Creation" etc.
  • Marital Status: Twice married.
  • Family: son Robert Chambers FRSE 1832-88.
  • Mother: Jean Gibson.
  • Siblings: William Chambers, FRSE1800-83.
  • References: DNB 10, 1887, 23; Proc Roy Soc Edinb, 7, 1869-72, 533-5; C Rogers 2, 1872,138-9.
  • Memberships: Highland Society(1841).
  • Date of Election: 03/02/1840.
  • Proposers: Sir Charles Bell, 12/4/1839, (ms Proposal NLS Acc 10,000/45). (Billet 6/1/1840, 20/1/1840).
  • Service to the RSE: Councillor 1851-4, 1856-9.
  • Fellow Type: OF.

SOURCE: Waterston, Charles D; Macmillan Shearer, A (July 2006). Biographical index of former fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1783-2002: Biographical Index. I. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of Edinburgh. ISBN 978-0-902198-84-5. page 174

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Robert Chambers's Timeline

July 10, 1802
Peebles, Scottish Borders, UK
Age 28
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
March 1832
Age 29
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
February 3, 1838
Age 35
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
March 17, 1871
Age 68
Fife, UK