George John Romanes

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George John Romanes was born in Kingston, Ontario in Canada on 19 May 1848 and died in Oxford on 23 May 1894. The third son of a wealthy Scottish family who settled in Canada, young Romanes was transported back to Britain at the age of two when his fathe, the Revd George Romanes – a Professor of Greek at the University of Kingston – inherited the family fortune. The family settled at 18 Cornwall Terrace, Regents' Park, London and Romanes attended preparatory school there. After a severe case of measles, he withdrew from school and continued his education at home with private tutors; poor health would plague him his entire life. Since a more salubrious climate was recommended for young Romanes's health, his family spent their winters on the Continent. This proved to be a boon for him; the experience broadened his education as he devoured the literature and music of Germany and Italy. The months he spent in Heidelberg stimulated his love of the country's music and poetry, and he acquired proficiency in German.


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