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Letter to Frederick Orpen Bower from Francis Wall Oliver

Item Summary

Reference Code

GB 0248 DC 002/14/375


06 February 1918

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Name of creator

Oliver | Francis Wall | 1864-1951 | Quain professor of botany, University College London

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

Letter to Frederick Orpen Bower from Francis Wall Oliver concerning his lack of success in getting a lecturer to assist Abercrombie Anstruther Lawson. He has seen [James] Small, who he considers an ideal candidate, the previous day and who is seriously considering the matter and will let him know. Holding two posts at Bedford College he would complement Lawson. The current salary from his two posts is greater than the salary being offered. Oliver has suggested that the University of Sydney may, under duress, offer something to make it more attractive. The recent birth of Small's son will be an important factor in his eventual decision

He goes on to discuss Sir Arthur George Tansley's 'Manifesto' and is of the opinion that students interest is greater in physiology than morphology. The issue of larger class sizes is largely a matter of both organisation and the number of demonstrators available. He commends the work of TG Hill, 'a born teacher', who has come to the conclusion, based on his military experience that there is a severe lack of staff. Oliver states that to keep students in botany, a greater contact with the outside world is necessary

Ecology is a convenient entry into botany but from it 'you can switch to anything'. He hopes proper biology for 1st year medical students may also evolve.




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