Panizzi, Sir Anthony
b. 1797-09-16
d. 1879-04-08
Panizzi, formerly Antonio Genesio Maria, arrived in London along with other Italian exiles that had escaped to Geneva under threat of trial, and likely death, under the Modena government. On the advice of high-station fellow exiles he followed rumours of work to Liverpool, where he met other scholarly-minded influentials who introduced him to the vast social web that would, ultimately, lead Panizzi to the British Museum as keeper of printed books, a role in which he served from 1837-56. From there, he occupied the prestigious position of principal librarian from 1856-66. During his time at the British Museum he continued to run in influential and elite circles; eventually, he became a senator of Italy. Yet, this did not quell his gregarious nature, or aggressive pursuits within the British Museum. Some of his catalog methods are used to this day. When he died, unmarried, of serious illness in 1868, he left impressive scholarly transcripts, voluminous literary collections, and, arguably, the world's leading library in his wake.1
Of note is that Panizzi is mentioned in the minutes of an 1847 correspondence as having introduced Benjamin Hawes to John Edward FitzGerald, the latter of whom would put forward a detailed scheme for the colonization of Vancouver Island for review by Lord Grey.2
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FitzGerald, James Edward

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Vancouver Island