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Women Travellers, Romantic-Era Science, and the Banksian Empire

Thompson, Carl (2019) Women Travellers, Romantic-Era Science, and the Banksian Empire Notes and Records: The Royal Society journal of the history of science.

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This article explores the contributions to science made by three women travellers in the Romantic period: Maria Riddell (1772-1808), who visited the Caribbean between 1788-91, Maria Graham (later, Callcott; 1785-1842), who visited South America between 1821-25, and Sarah Bowdich (later, Lee; 1791-1856), who visited Madeira and West Africa in the late 1810s and early 1820s. As well as mapping their scientific accomplishments, the article explores their integration into contemporary scientific networks and circuits of knowledge production, paying particular attention to their connections with the so-called ‘Banksian empire’ of Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820). Simultaneously, it addresses the diverse strategies adopted by Riddell, Graham and Bowdich as they sought to negotiate the constraints undoubtedly faced in this period by women seeking to participate in scientific endeavours; however, the article also argues that such constraints did not ultimately prevent Riddell, Graham and Bowdich from attaining scientific authority and influence, both within the contemporary scientific community and with the wider public.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages
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Date : 2019
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2019 The Author(s) Published by the Royal Society.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Women in science; Exploration; Maria Riddell; Maria Graham; Sarah Bowdich (Lee); Sir Joseph Banks; Scientific networks
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Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 26 Feb 2019 22:23
Last Modified : 15 Apr 2019 15:15

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