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ROBERT PLOT (164o-1696)

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Originally appearing in Volume V21, Page 849 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ROBERT PLOT (164o-1696), English naturalist and antiquary, was born at Borden in Kent in 164o. He was educated at Wye, and at Magdalen Hall, Oxford, where he graduated B.A. to 1661, and proceeded to M.A. (1664) and D.C.L. (1671). He was distinguished for his folio work The Natural History of Oxfordshire (1677), in which various fossils, as well as other objects of interest, were figured and described. It was regarded as a model for many subsequent works. In 1677 Plot was elected F.R.S., and he was secretary for the Royal Society from 1682 to 1684. He was appointed in 1683 the first keeper of the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford, and in the same year he became professor of chemistry. In 1686 he wrote The Natural History of Staffordshire. Two years later he became historiographer-royal. He died on the 3oth of April 1696.
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