(1793–1874), anatomy teacher and advocate of medical reform. The seventh son of Alexander Grant of Edinburgh, Writer to the Signet, Grant attended the Edinburgh High School before studying medicine  at the University of Edinburgh. After taking his MD in 1814, he studied in Paris and other leading continental medical institutions, before returning to practise in Edinburgh in the early 1820s. By then he had become deeply interested in the comparative anatomy of invertebrates. Largely on the strength of pioneering research on sponges, he was appointed professor of zoology and comparative anatomy at the new University of London in 1827, a post he held until his death in 1874.
From An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945).