John Grattan

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John Grattan (1800, Dublin -1871) was an Irish naturalist and anthropologist.

John Grattan was an apothecary in Belfast. He had wide interests in natural history and was a member of the Belfast Natural History Society but is best known for his work on ancient Irish skulls collected by his friend Edmund Getty.He devised a system of skull measurements using an ingenious craniometer. "Grattan's work was almost contemporaneous with that of Anders Retzius, and nearly all of it was done before the German and French Schools had elaborated their schemes of skull measurements[1]


  1. ^ Johnson Symington, 1903-4 Grattan: A Sketch of His Work as a Craniologist:An Address to the Members of the Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society. Annual report Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society 1903-4 [1]

External links

  • On the Importance, to the Archæologist and Ethnologist, of an Accurate Mode of Measuring Human Crania, and of Recording the Results; With the Description of a New Craniometer The Ulster Journal of Archæology
  • Notice of the Examination of an Ancient Sepulchral Mound The Ulster Journal of Archaeology

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