Cambridge and Clare

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Sir Harry Godwin looks back over sixty years of life at Clare College, the University of Cambridge and its very distinguished school of Botany. He came to Clare in 1919 as an undergraduate, became an early research student and was a Fellow from 1925. A botanist, he was virtual founder of the science of Quaternary Research in England, using the technique of pollen analysis to show the age of plant remains and their distribution, especially in the Fens and peat bogs of Eastern England. His History of the British ...

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Overview

Sir Harry Godwin looks back over sixty years of life at Clare College, the University of Cambridge and its very distinguished school of Botany. He came to Clare in 1919 as an undergraduate, became an early research student and was a Fellow from 1925. A botanist, he was virtual founder of the science of Quaternary Research in England, using the technique of pollen analysis to show the age of plant remains and their distribution, especially in the Fens and peat bogs of Eastern England. His History of the British Flora (CUP 1956) is a classic. Sir Harry contemplates his threefold life, as a deeply loyal college man, as a Cambridge researcher and professor, as a member of the wider scientific world. He remembers the long-past Cambridge of small college societies, still in touch with the Victorian world, and tells of its characters and conventions. He explains his own scientific work in terms that any reader can understand. The whole story is a microcosm of Cambridge and English life: the time and the world of Snow's The Masters, but made more real and a great deal more genial.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780521118606
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/20/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. School; 2. Entry to Cambridge; 3. Freshman; 4. The early 1920s; 5. Triposes; 6. Embarking on research; 7. The new fellow; 8. New Court; 9. Hall and combination room; 10. College treasures; 11. Double harness; 12. Henry; 13. 'A. G.'; 14. Early days in the lab; 15. Fenland studies interrupted; 16. Meetings; 17. Public commitments; 18. Research adopted; 19. Assurance; Envoi; Index.

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