Tags

Type your tag names separated by a space and hit enter

A question of merit: John Hutton Balfour, Joseph Hooker and the 'concussion' over the Edinburgh chair of botany.
Stud Hist Philos Biol Biomed Sci. 2005 Mar; 36(1):25-54.SH

Abstract

In 1845, Robert Graham's death created a vacancy for the traditionally dual appointment to the University of Edinburgh's chair of botany and the Regius Keepership of the Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden. John Hutton Balfour and Joseph Hooker emerged as the leading candidates. The contest quickly became embroiled in long running controversies over the nature and control of Scottish university education at a time of particular social and political tension after a recent schism in Church of Scotland. The politics of the appointment were complicated by the fact that the Edinburgh Town Council (which preferred Balfour) chose the chair while the keepership was under the patronage of the Westminster government (which preferred Hooker). Balfour eventually emerged triumphant after a bitter campaign marked on all sides by intense politicking. The struggle to replace Graham provides a case study in how Victorian men of science adapted their aspirations to the practical realities of life in industrial, reforming, imperial, multinational Britain.

Authors+Show Affiliations

E-30 Holmes Hall, Lyman Briggs School, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48825, USA. bellonr@msu.edu

Pub Type(s)

Biography
Historical Article
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16120259

Citation

Bellon, Richard. "A Question of Merit: John Hutton Balfour, Joseph Hooker and the 'concussion' Over the Edinburgh Chair of Botany." Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, vol. 36, no. 1, 2005, pp. 25-54.
Bellon R. A question of merit: John Hutton Balfour, Joseph Hooker and the 'concussion' over the Edinburgh chair of botany. Stud Hist Philos Biol Biomed Sci. 2005;36(1):25-54.
Bellon, R. (2005). A question of merit: John Hutton Balfour, Joseph Hooker and the 'concussion' over the Edinburgh chair of botany. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 36(1), 25-54.
Bellon R. A Question of Merit: John Hutton Balfour, Joseph Hooker and the 'concussion' Over the Edinburgh Chair of Botany. Stud Hist Philos Biol Biomed Sci. 2005;36(1):25-54. PubMed PMID: 16120259.
* Article titles in AMA citation format should be in sentence-case
TY - JOUR T1 - A question of merit: John Hutton Balfour, Joseph Hooker and the 'concussion' over the Edinburgh chair of botany. A1 - Bellon,Richard, PY - 2004/02/11/received PY - 2004/05/18/revised PY - 2005/8/27/pubmed PY - 2005/10/26/medline PY - 2005/8/27/entrez SP - 25 EP - 54 JF - Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences JO - Stud Hist Philos Biol Biomed Sci VL - 36 IS - 1 N2 - In 1845, Robert Graham's death created a vacancy for the traditionally dual appointment to the University of Edinburgh's chair of botany and the Regius Keepership of the Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden. John Hutton Balfour and Joseph Hooker emerged as the leading candidates. The contest quickly became embroiled in long running controversies over the nature and control of Scottish university education at a time of particular social and political tension after a recent schism in Church of Scotland. The politics of the appointment were complicated by the fact that the Edinburgh Town Council (which preferred Balfour) chose the chair while the keepership was under the patronage of the Westminster government (which preferred Hooker). Balfour eventually emerged triumphant after a bitter campaign marked on all sides by intense politicking. The struggle to replace Graham provides a case study in how Victorian men of science adapted their aspirations to the practical realities of life in industrial, reforming, imperial, multinational Britain. SN - 1369-8486 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16120259/A_question_of_merit:_John_Hutton_Balfour_Joseph_Hooker_and_the_'concussion'_over_the_Edinburgh_chair_of_botany_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1369-8486(04)00097-4 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -