Edward Clodd (1840-1930), Banker and writer
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In 1862 Clodd became a clerk at the London Joint Stock Bank, where he remained until 1915, when he was seventy-five. Largely a self-taught man, from his early days in London Clodd attended the Birkbeck Institute, read assiduously in the free libraries, and heard lectures. He published his first book, The Childhood of the World, in 1873. Written as a primer on evolutionary anthropology, it introduced children to the latest information on prehistoric man. It quickly passed through four editions and was translated into six European and two African languages. He went on to publish many other books, articles and reviews and established himself as a prolific populariser of scientific naturalism.