A life more ordinary: the dull life but interesting times of Joseph Dalton Hooker

Endersby, Jim (2011) A life more ordinary: the dull life but interesting times of Joseph Dalton Hooker. Journal of the History of Biology, 44 (4). pp. 611-631. ISSN 0022-5010

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Abstract

The life of Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817–1911) provides an invaluable lens through which to view mid-Victorian science. A biographical approach makes it clear that some well-established narratives about this period need revising. For example, Hooker’s career cannot be considered an example of the professionalisation of the sciences, given the doubtful respectability of being paid to do science and his reliance on unpaid collectors with pretensions to equal scientific and/or social status. Nor was Hooker’s response to Darwin’s theories either straightforward or contradictory; it only makes sense as carefully crafted equivocation when seen in the context of his life and career. However, the importance of Hooker’s life is ultimately its typicality; what was true of Hooker was true of many other Victorian men of science.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CT Biography > CT0021 Biography as an art or literary form
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CT Biography > CT3200 Biography. By subject > CT3990 Academicians. Scholars.Savants
D History General and Old World > DA History of Great Britain > DA020 England > DA028 General
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH0001 Natural history (General)
Q Science > QK Botany > QK0001 General Including geographical distribution
Depositing User: Jim Endersby
Date Deposited: 14 May 2012 09:18
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2014 12:32
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/39305
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