chapter  19
Scientific fraud and Charles Dawson
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Cases of academic and scientific fraud provide the opportunity to study something of the nature and motivation of the fraudster, normally rather anonymous in the majority of fake and forgery cases. Charles Dawson, the perpetrator of Piltdown and many other scientific frauds, is arguably the best-known forger of all time. Because so much is known of him and his career of forgery, and because he seems to have faked and forged just about everything including bird sightings, ceramics and metalwork, as well as the well-known palaeontological material, his career and forgeries are central to the study of academic fraud.