George Combe (21 October 1788 – 14 August 1858) was the leader of – and the spokesman for – the phrenological movement for more than twenty years. He founded the Edinburgh Phrenological Society in 1820 and was the author of the highly influential The ...
George Combe (21 October 1788 – 14 August 1858) was the leader of – and the spokesman for – the phrenological movement for more than twenty years. He founded the Edinburgh Phrenological Society in 1820 and was the author of the highly influential The Constitution of Man (1828). Combe was trained in Scots law and had an Edinburgh solicitor's practice. In his later years, after a successful marriage in 1833, Combe devoted himself to international travel in the promotion of phrenology.
No academic posts or qualifications, although attended lectures at the University of Edinburgh for two years.
Appointments & Honors
Founder, Phrenological Society, 1820
Founder, Phrenological Journal, 1823
1819 Essays on Phrenology: Or an Inquiry into the Principles and Utility of the System of Drs. Gall and Spur2heim, and into the Objections made against it. Mclachlan, Stewart and Anderson. (Subsequent editions were retitled A System of Phrenology: Or an Inquiry .... 5th edn, 2 vols, 1843).
1824 Elements of Phrenology. Anderson. (4th edn, 1836.)
1827 Essay on the Constitution of Man and its Relations to External Objects. Neill. 'Corrected and enlarged', 1835; 9th edn, 1860; generally reprinted as The Constitution of Man).
1833 Lectures on Popular Education. John Anderson Jr.
1840 Moral Philosophy: Or, the Duties of Man Considered in his Individual, Social, and Domestic Capacities. Mclachlan and Stewart.
1846 Phrenology - its Nature and Uses: An Address to the Students of Anderson's University. Maclachlan and Stewart.
1855 Phrenology applied to Painting and Sculpture. Simpkin and Marshall. (See also: Andrew Combe (1830). Observations on Mental Derangement. J. Anderson Jr.)