however. He had been born in modest circumstances—his father was a diemaker in Sheffield—and was entirely self-taught. He became the leading authority in Britain not only on insects—and really no one could come near him for entomological expertise—but also on Anglo-Saxon writings. In 1849, he was appointed the first professor of zoology at Oxford. Bryson, Bill. At Home (pp. 396-397). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.


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