Edward Charlesworth

For the English physician, see Edward Parker Charlesworth.
Edward Charlesworth
Born 5 September 1813
Clapham, Surrey, England
Died 28 July 1893 (aged 79)
Nationality United Kingdom
Occupation palaeontologist

Edward Charlesworth (5 September 1813 – 28 July 1893) was an English geologist and palaeontologist.

Edward Charlesworth was the eldest son of the Rev John Charlesworth. He studied medicine but abandoned a career in this discipline in 1836 to work in the British Museum.He was interested in the Crag fossils of East Anglia and in the period 1835-1838 debated with Charles Lyell on the age and nature of the Crag formations. At this time he took over the Magazine of Natural History associated with William Bean.The Magazine of Natural History is, in contemporary scientific literature, often referred to as "Charlesworth's Magazine".

Charlesworth was the second keeper of the Yorkshire Museum, from 1844-1858, following on from John Phillips and preceding Charles Wakefield (only in post for 6 months) and William Dallas.[1]


  1. Pyrah, Barbara, 1988. The history of the Yorkshire Museum and its geological collections, ISBN 1-85072-042-8
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