The mind of an early South African scientist.

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The mind of an early South African scientist.

A dip into the notebooks of Dr William Guybon Atherstone (1814-1898)
A lecture by Dr Elizabeth van Heyningen.


Dr William Guybon Atherstone’s life spanned most of the nineteenth century and major scientific developments. He was far more than a medical practitioner, with a passionate interest in geology (above all), fossils, botany, ethnology – almost anything one could mention. He was also an indefatigable note taker and letter writer and left well over two hundred notebooks, which have never been satisfactorily examined. He was a typical Victorian with a utilitarian view of science, which he hoped to use to make Grahamstown the capital of an independent Eastern Cape colony. This talk is intended to introduce his life and work

Date:     Tuesday 24 June
Time:     18:30 for 19:00
Venue: TH Barry Lecture theatre
Cost:      Members – free of charge on presentation of a valid 2014 membership card
               Non-Members: a donation of R30

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