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Sir Grafton Elliot Smith Papers

Date range: early 20th century.

Sir Grafton Elliot Smith (1871-1937) began his career by studying the anatomy of the mammalian brain.

In 1900 he was appointed professor of anatomy at the Government Medical School, Cairo, and it was there that he developed interests in Egyptology, anthropology and human evolution, for which he was to win an international (and often controversial) reputation.

In 1909 he was elected to the chair of anatomy at the University of Manchester.

Smith's interest in extinct humanoids brought him to public attention when he became involved in the Piltdown Man affair in 1912.

This small collection contains manuscript notes and drafts relating to Smith’s interest in anthropology and ethnology. There is also a revealing letter from Smith to Sir Arthur Keith concerning Piltdown Man, dated September 1913.

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