The Man Who Found Time
James Hutton was a Scottish doctor, farmer and geologist but unfortunately not a skilled writer. Because of this last quality, he never received recognition for proving in 1788 that the Earth was millions of year old rather than the biblical 6,000. Nevertheless, his remarkable observations led to a new understanding of the continual forces that are shaping land and seas. In 1830 Charles Lyell would give Hutton the credit he deserved in his influential book Principles of Geology.