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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'. As Professor of Botany at Cambridge University, Henslow was Darwin's teacher and eventual lifelong friend, but what of the man himself? In this biography, much previously unpublished material has been carefully sifted and selected to produce a rounded picture of a remarkable and unusually likeable academic. 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 which 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    • Draws on much previously unpublished material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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    Review of the hardback: 'It is such a pleasure to read this book. It is sensual and sleek, beautifully printed on the finest paper, comprehensively (and not over abundantly) illustrated, and written, with clarity and verve … It has many fine-screen half-tones, beautifully photographed documents, fine colour pictures and the page design is impeccable … Cambridge University Press and the authors deserve high praise for a thorough and diligent job well done.' Brian J. Ford, Biologist

    Review of the hardback: 'It is a satisfying read for anyone interested in the burgeoning and sometimes passionate history of science in the nineteenth century, larded with glimpses of Victorian social life and colourful characters.' Roy Herbert, New Scientist

    Review of the hardback: 'A fascinating and well-researched work …' Suffolk Journal

    Review of the hardback: '… the world is certainly richer with this book on its shelves.' Open History

    Review of the hardback: 'This fascinating study will place Henslow in his rightful context in the history of science …' John S. Parker, Cambridge

    Review of the hardback: 'Darwin students everywhere will need this book. So will those whose subject is Henslow.' Archives of Natural History

    Review of the hardback: 'Walter and Stow have written a valuable biography of a scientist who deserves to be better known in his own right.' Annals of Science

    Review of the hardback: 'The publishers are to be commended for such a lavish production, richly complemented by beautiful illustrations … Strongly recommended.' Naturalist

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    • 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
    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    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
    Epilogue
    Appendix 1. Genealogical tables
    Appendix 2. Chronology
    Appendix 3. Dramatis personae
    Appendix 4. Eponymous taxa
    Appendix 5. Local botanical records
    Endnotes
    Bibliography
    Index.

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    Darwin's Mentor

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    S. M. Walters, University of Cambridge

    E. A. Stow, University of Cambridge

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    Patrick Bateson, King's College, Cambridge

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