- John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury
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30 April 1834
28 May 1913
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Finance, Biology, Archaeology, Politics
Sir John Lubbock, 4th Baronet and 1st Baron Avebury, PC FRS (
30 April 1834– 28 May 1913), English banker, politician, biologistand archaeologistwas born the son of Sir John William Lubbock, Bart.
Lubbock was educated at
Eton Collegefrom 1845 and afterwards was taken into his father's bank (which later amalgamated with Coutts & Co), where he became a partner at the age of twenty-two. In 1865 he succeeded to the baronetcy.
In 1870, and again in 1874, he was elected as a Liberal Party
Member of Parliament(MP) for Maidstone. He lost the seat at the election of 1880; but was at once elected member for the University of London, of which he had been vice-chancellor since 1872. He carried numerous enactments in parliament, including the Bank Holidays Act of 1871 and the Ancient Monuments Act of 1882. When the Liberals split in 1886 over Irish Home Rule, Lubbock joined the breakaway Liberal Unionist Party.
Lubbock was elected the first president of the
Institute of Bankersin 1879; in 1881 he was president of the British Association, and from 1881 to 1886 president of the Linnean Society of London. In March 1883 he founded the Bank Clerks Orphanage, which in 1986 became the [http://www.bbfund.org.uk Bankers Benevolent Fund] - a charity for bank employees, past and present and their dependants. In January 1884 he founded the Proportional Representation Society, later to become the Electoral Reform Society.
In 1865 Lubbock published what was probably the most influential archaeological text book of the 19th Century, "Pre-historic Times, as Illustrated by Ancient Remains, and the Manners and Customs of Modern Savages", and was responsible for inventing the names
Palaeolithicand Neolithicto denote the Old and New Stone Ages respectively.
Lubbock was also an amateur biologist of some distinction, writing books on
hymenoptera("Ants, Bees, and Wasps. A Record of Observations on the Habits of the Social Hymenoptera."New York: Appleton, 1884.), on insect sense organs and development, on the intelligence of animals, and on other natural history topics. He was a member of the famous X Clubfounded by T.H. Huxley to promote the growth of science in Britain. The Punch verse of 1882 captured him perfectly:
:"How doth the Banking Busy Bee":"Improve his shining Hours?":"By studying on Bank Holidays":"Strange insects and Wild Flowers!"
He carried out extensive correspondence with
Charles Darwin, who was his neighbor in Downeexcept for a brief period 1861-1865, when Lubbock moved to Chislehurst. He first leased and then sold to Darwin the land on which the latter's famed Sand Walkwas made. He helped engineer Darwin's burial in Westminster Abbeyfollowing the latter's death in 1882.
Lubbock received honorary degrees from the universities of Oxford, Cambridge (where he was
Rede lecturerin 1886), Edinburgh, Dublin, and Wurzburg; and in 1878 was appointed a trustee of the British Museum. From 1888 to 1892 he was president of the London Chamber of Commerce; from 1889 to 1890 vice-chairman and from 1890 to 1892 chairman of the London County Council.
In February 1890 he was appointed a
privy councillor[ [http://www.londongazette.co.uk/ViewPDF.aspx?pdf=26022&geotype=London&gpn=727&type=ArchivedIssuePage&all=&exact=&atleast=&similar= London Gazette issue 26022 11 february 1890] ] ; and was chairman of the committee of design on the new coinage in 1891. In January 1900 he was raised to the peerage, under the title of Baron Avebury.
The quotation "We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth" is widely attributed to Lubbock. This variation appears in his book "The Pleasures of Life": "Not only does a library contain "infinite riches in a little room," but we may sit at home and yet be in all quarters of the earth."
*Hutchinson, H.G., 1914, "Life of Sir John Lubbock, Lord Avebury". London.
*Grant Duff, U., 1924, "The life-work of Lord Avebury". London: Watts & Co.
*"Sir John.Lubbock" in "The Columbia Encyclopedia" (Sixth Edition, 2001)
*Lubbock, J., 1865, "Pre-historic times, as illustrated by ancient remains, and the manners and customs of modern savages". London: Williams and Norgate.
*Trigger, B.G., 1989, "A history of archaeological thought". Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
*Lubbock, J., 1887-89, "The pleasures of life"
*Patton, M. 1997, "Science, politics & business in the work of Sir John Lubbock - a man of universal mind". London, Ashgate.
* [http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0950-1193%2819140624%2987%3A599%3Ci%3AONOFD%3E2.0.CO%3B2-X Obituary]
* [http://www.electoral-reform.org.uk/ Electoral Reform Society]
* [http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/John_Lubbock Wikiquote]
* [http://books.google.com/books?vid=UOM39015035877193 Lubbock, J., "Addresses, Political and Educational" (1879)]
* [http://books.google.com/books?vid=OCLC03684696 Lubbock, J., "Monograph of the Collembola and Thysanura" (1879)]
* [http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/information/biography/klmno/lubbock_john.html John Lubbock at Minnesota State University eMuseum]
* [http://www.bartleby.com/65/lu/LubbockJ.html John Lubbock at bartleby.com]
* [http://books.google.com/books?vid=OCLC00490215 Lubbock, J. "Pre-historic times: as illustrated by ancient remains and the manners and customs of modern savages" (1900)]
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