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Darwin's Mentor
John Stevens Henslow, 1796–1861

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  • Date Published: August 2009
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521117999

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  • John Stevens Henslow is known for his formative influence on Charles Darwin, who described their meeting as the one circumstance "which influenced my career more than any other." A Professor of Botany at Cambridge University, Henslow was Darwin's teacher and eventual life-long friend, but what of the man himself? In this new biography, much previously unpublished material has been carefully gathered to produce a rounded picture of a remarkable academic and Victorian philanthropist. The time in 1829-31, when Darwin "walked with Henslow" in and around Cambridge, was followed directly by Darwin's voyage around the world. The gradually changing relationship between teacher and pupil over the course of time is revealed through their correspondence, illuminating a remarkable friendship that persisted, in spite of Darwin's eventual atheism and Henslow's never-failing liberal Christian belief, to the end of Henslow's life.

    • Was the first new biography of Henslow for over 25 years
    • Draws on much previously unpublished material
    • Presents a rounded picture of the man best known for his formative influence on Charles Darwin
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    "This fascinating book contains many beautiful illustrations and should appeal to naturalists and historians of science." Choice

    "The book is handsomely produced...It touches on all aspects of Henslow's busy life and undoubtedly will be his definative biography." Journal of the History of Biology

    "An enjoyable read, of interest both to academics and anyone wanting to know more about Darwin and his influences."
    Southeastern Naturalist

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521117999
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword P. Bateson
    List of figures
    List of colour plates
    Part I. Origins:
    1. Family background: growing up in Kent and London
    Part II. Cambridge:
    2. The young Henslow at Cambridge
    3. Henslow: men who influenced him at Cambridge
    4. Harriet
    5. The young Professor
    6. Educating Charles Darwin and others
    7. The middle years: politics, policing and publication
    8. The Botanic Garden: old and new
    9. A liberal churchman
    Part III. Hitcham:
    10. Early years as Rector of Hitcham
    11. The Rector
    12. The later years
    Appendix 1. Genealogical tables
    Appendix 2. Chronology
    Appendix 3. Dramatis personae
    Appendix 4. Eponymous taxa
    Appendix 5. Local botanical records

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    Darwin's Mentor

    S. M. Walters, E. A. Stow

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    E. A. Stow, University of Cambridge


    Patrick Bateson, King's College, Cambridge

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