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The Advancement of Science: Some General Reflections

Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol.  44, (1912) pp. 616-648.

by

Arthur R. Hunt, F.L.S., F.G.S.

Prepared by Michael Steer

The paper was presented at the Association’s Jubilee, 25th July, 1912 Exeter meeting. The 19th century in science saw the birth of science as a profession; the term scientist was coined in 1833 by William Whewell. It soon replaced the older term of (natural) philosopher. The author focuses on Devon’s contributions to progress in the sciences and particularly lauds the exciting discoveries by William Pengelly and his colleagues at Kents Cavern in Torquay, and with the unusual geology of the Bovey Basin. Genealogists are afforded valuable insights into the Devonshire Association’s intellectual powerhouse and its several elite constituents. The paper is from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal that can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

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Airy, Sir George 638-9
Ayrton, Mrs 638
Bentley, Charles 617
Buckland, Dean 634
Campbell, Professor Lewis 630
Canterbury, Archbishop of 622
Clarke, Mr F.W 628
Clarke, Mr Hyde 631
Collins, Mr 628-9
Dalton 619
Darwin, Charles 616, 621, 627, 632, 634-5, 638, 647
Darwin, Sir George 639
De la Beche, Sir Henry 638
Edison 637, 641
Faraday 640-1
Farrer, Lord 630
Forbes 635
Gashmu 629
Gladstone, William 636
Gosse, Mr P.H, F.R.S 640
Graham-Bell, Professor 637, 641
Gwyn Jeffreys, Mr 635
Hanley 635
Hartley, Professor Noel 648
Haughton, Dr 644
Humphrey 640
Hunt, John 636
Hunt, Thomas 636
Hunt, Thomas Holdsworth 636
Huxley, Professor 619, 627, 630-2
Kelvin, Lord 619, 641-2, 646-7
Lake 625
Lightfoot, Bishop 632
Lister 641, 647
Lord Chancellor 622
Lowe 643
Lyell, 624-5, 638, 641
Marr, Dr 625
McEnery, Father 634
Morley, Lord 636
Morris 640
Murchison 638
Owen, Professor 639
Pasteur 647
Pengelly, William 616-20, 622-4, 629, 635, 638, 643-5
Phillips, John 625
Quixote, Don 626
Rayleigh, Lord 617, 639, 647-8
Restall 625
Reynolds, Professor Osborne 647
Russell, Mr Scott 638
Saville, Mr 616
Sedgwick, Rev Dr, D.D. 634, 638
Somervail, Mr Alexander 631-2, 642-3
Sorby, Dr 637-8, 641, 645-6
Stokes, Sir G.G 639
Strutt, J.W 617
Thomson 641
Townsend 617
Warner, Rev George Townsend 617
Wells, Mr H.G 631-3, 636, 639
Westwood 640
Wheatstone, Professor 637
Worth, Mr Hansford 643-4
Yarrell 640
Young, Sydney 648