Indian Thought and Western Science in the Nineteenth Century by Mary Everest Boole

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These occasions were feats of hospitality. Retiring to the library, guests would enjoy port and cigars as Beatrice Bateson played the cello, while her husband displayed his collection of Japanese prints. Bateson the aesthete despised politicians. When Lloyd George, interested in forming an agriculture policy, inquired whether he might come see the work at the John Innes, Bateson brushed him off. "Nothing practical here," he reported, hoping, despite the interests on the council, that indeed there was not.

An Improbable Birth 17 ~ ALMOST CERTAINLY UNKNOWINGLY, Darlington had applied to join Britain's most vibrant biological community. The John Innes had been founded at Merton in Surrey in 1904 by a childless London merchant who bequeathed his name and fortune-over £300,000-to establish a school for the improvement ofhorticulture. In the succeeding five years a trial of strength was waged among various interested parties. Innes's shunned heirs claimed the bequest was proof of an unsound mind, and argued that the money should be divided among them; the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Agriculture had different ideas about what the "improvement of horticulture" meant; the charity commissioners and trustees found it difficult to agree on anything at all.

No disturbances were possible there. In January of the new year [1925], Cyril left his parents' home, settling into digs at 2 Manor Road, close to Merton. ~ IT SOON BECAME CLEAR that if belief in the chromosomes divided the two young cytologists from Bateson, a shared contempt and disrespect for the work of three prominent British biologists created a deep bond of sympathy between them. W. MacBride (Imperial): the former two for their incompetent cytological observations and deductions, and the latter for his anti-genetical, Lamarckian views.

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