William Charles Osman Hill

William Charles Osman Hill

Anthropologist and Anatomist
Born Jul 13, 1901

William Charles Osman Hill was a British anatomist, primatologist, and a leading authority on primate anatomy during the 20th century. He is best known for his nearly completed eight-volume series, Primates: Comparative Anatomy and Taxonomy, which covered all living and extinct primates known at the time in full detail and contained illustrations created by his wife, Yvonne.… Read More

related links

News + Updates

Browse recent news and stories about William Charles Osman Hill.


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of William Charles Osman Hill.


1901 Birth William Charles Osman Hill was born on 13 July 1901. … Read More


1924 22 Years Old He obtained his primary medical degrees in 1924, and the same year took on the role of lecturer in zoology.
1925 23 Years Old Osman Hill earned his MD with honours in 1925. … Read More
1926 24 Years Old The following is a list of other selected publications written by Osman Hill between 1926 and 1974. … Read More
1930 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Upon graduation, Osman Hill continued his role as a lecturer at the University of Birmingham under an apprenticeship until 1930, but teaching anatomy instead of zoology.


1945 44 Years Old Osman Hill held this position in Ceylon for 14 years, returning to the UK after being appointed as Reader in Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh in 1945. … Read More
1947 46 Years Old Osman Hill married his wife, Yvonne Stranger, in 1947. … Read More
1950 49 Years Old Five years later in 1950, he became prosector for the Zoological Society of London and remained there for twelve years.


1957 56 Years Old Between 1957 and 1958, Osman Hill also acted as a visiting scholar at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. … Read More


1962 61 Years Old 1 More Event
When he left the London Zoo in 1962, the old prosectorium that has been his office was closed, many preserved biological specimens were discarded, and the era of anatomists working at the London Zoo—starting from the time of Richard Owen—came to a close.
1969 68 Years Old Upon his retiring from YNPRC in 1969, the Royal College of Surgeons of England made him a Hunterian Trustee. … Read More
1975 74 Years Old 1 More Event
In another memorial, published in the Journal of Anatomy in 1975, he was described as friendly and tolerant, as well as "a merry man, vigorous, of humane culture, having the humour and good sense natural to those bred in the Provinces: a good Englishman." … Read More
Original Authors of this text are noted on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Charles_Osman_Hill.
Text is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.