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Pure IntelligenceThe Life of William Hyde Wollaston$
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Melvyn C. Usselman

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226245737

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226245874.001.0001

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Post Mortem and Legacy

Post Mortem and Legacy


(p.351) Chapter 15 Post Mortem and Legacy
Pure Intelligence

Melvyn C. Usselman

University of Chicago Press

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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