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Sir Hans Sloane Correspondence online

"Sir Hans Sloane’s Correspondence Online" website has been launched. The pilot project allows you to search over 1,400 letters addressed to the physician, scientist and collector, Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753). The letters cover a wide variety of subjects, from medical cases and scholarly disputes to travel or collecting. Most of the letters are in English, […]

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Ancient seaweed is living fossil

By Matt Walker, Editor, Earth News Ancient seaweed that have been found growing in the deep sea are "living fossils", researchers have reported. The two types of seaweed, which grow more than 200m underwater, represent previously unrecognised ancient forms of algae, say the scientists. As such, the algae could belong to the earliest of all […]

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British Society for the History of Science Dingle Prize 2011

The British Society for the History of Science invites book nominations for the 2011 Dingle Prize. In keeping with the Society’s concern to communicate history of science to broad audiences, the 2011 Dingle Prize will be offered for the best book in the history of science, technology, and medicine, first published in English in 2009 […]

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Celebrating the 350th anniversary of John Ray’s Catalogue of Cambridge Plants, 1660: the first English “County Flora”, 3 November 2010

The Joint meeting between the Society for the History of Natural History and the Ray Society to celebrate the 350th anniversary of John Ray’s Catalogue of Cambridge Plants, 1660: the first English “County Flora” took place in Cambridge University Library, on Wednesday 3rd November 2010.  The Morison room provided an ideal venue for the event, giving […]

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Global GREEN AWARDS™ 2010

Our patron Sir David Attenborough CBE will be attending the 5th Annual GREEN AWARDS to accept the inaugural green ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for his committed efforts to broaden public understanding of environmental issues. The gala dinner takes place on 2nd December 2010 at the Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London. This year, the global GREEN […]

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The CHOCOLATE CONNECTION: Hans Sloane & Jamaica Press Release

Lloyd Library and Museum partners with the Art Academy of Cincinnati to announce The CHOCOLATE CONNECTION: Hans Sloane & Jamaica November 6, 2010 through January 31, 2011 Press Release for immediate release 20 October 2010 The Lloyd Library and Museum proudly announces its Fall/Winter exhibits. The CHOCOLATE CONNECTION: Hans Sloane & Jamaica, a rare and […]

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Final Programme for 350th anniversary meeting for John Ray’s “Catalogue of Cambridge Plants”, 1660: the first English “County Flora”

The Society for the History of Natural History is hosting a joint meeting at Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK on Wednesday 3rd November 2010 to celebrate the forthcoming publication by the Ray Society of the English translation of John Ray’s Catalogus plantarum circa Cantabrigiam nascentium, originally published by John Field in Cambridge in 1660. This […]

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Full series of Archives of natural history now available online

SHNH Editor, Dr Charles Nelson reports that the uploading of the electronic versions of the back issues of Archives of natural history, including the earliest volumes which had the title Journal of the Society for the Bibliography of Natural History, on to the journal’s site at Edinburgh University Press is now completed. All volumes from 1 […]

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Winner of the 2010 W. T. Stearn Student Essay Prize is announced

The Society for the History of Natural History is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2010 W. T. Stearn Student Essay Prize is Nils Petter Hellström, who has recently completed his M.Phil. in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. His essay, entitled ‘The tree as evolutionary […]

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