A number of famous natural scientists have been active in The Living Coast since the early days of science, including:
Richard Russell (1687-1759) - the founder of health benefits from the seaside, leading to Brighton's tourism
Gideon Mantell (1790-1852) - also from Lewes, an early geologist and the first dinosaur fossil hunter!
Edward Booth (1840-1890) - a classic Victorian collector of birds who exhibited them in replicas of their natural habitats
Magnus Volk (1851-1937) - a pioneering electrical engineer who created the world's longest-running electric railway and the famous 'daddy long legs' marine vehicle (see pic)