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Post Mortem and Legacy

Post Mortem and Legacy

1828–Present

Chapter:
(p.351) Chapter 15 Post Mortem and Legacy
Source:
Pure Intelligence
Author(s):
Melvyn C. Usselman
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226245874.003.0015

This chapter gives details of the post mortem examination which confirmed that Wollaston died of a brain tumor. Several extracts from reminiscences of contemporaries give insight into the many scientific accomplishments of Wollaston, together with mention both of his public aloofness and personal warmth and generosity. The author gives reasons for Wollaston’s relative anonymity relative to contemporaries of lesser or equal talents, chief among them being the century-long loss of the materials assembled by Henry Warburton. The claim is also advanced that Wollaston’s reluctance to extend his remarkable observational skills into theoretical explanations has reduced his visibility to modern scientists and historians.

Keywords:   William Hyde Wollaston, brain tumor, legacy, Henry Warburton, observation, theory

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