Edward Forbes (1815-1854) was a naturalist from the Isle of Man who became president of the Geological Society of London in 1853 and the following year was appointed professor of natural history at the University of Edinburgh. Unfortunately, his tenure was short lived as he died within less than a year.
Forbes was one of the first, in 1846, to hypothesise the existence of a continent in the Atlantic linking Ireland, the Azores and the Iberian Peninsula, and that this was popularly called Atlantis. Charles Darwin described Forbes’ idea as ‘speculative’.
Justus Lipsius (Joest Lips) (1547-1606) was a Flemish humanist, philologist and an advocate for the revival of Stoicism in the 16th century. In Book One, chapter 16 of the Book of Constancy he unequivocally states his belief in the reality of Atlantis(a) .
He also speculated on a migration of animals from Africa to America by way of Atlantis, which he considered to be a large landmass in the Atlantic, recorded in the correspondence of Charles Darwin(b).
The Justus Lipsius Building in Brussels has been the headquarters of the Council of the European Union since 1995.
Dominique Alexandre Godron (1807-1880) was a French botanist and professor of natural history at Nancy University, who, in 1868, founded “The School of Atlantis” in North Africa. Godron believed that Atlantis was to be found in the Sahara desert and delivered a series of lectures(a) on the subject at the University. Both Godron and Berlioux were inspired by the writings of Diodorus Siculus who wrote extensively about ancient North Africa.
Godron was known to have corresponded with his contemporary Charles Darwin on botanical matters.