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Papers of Frederick Orpen Bower
    Correspondence of Frederick Orpen Bower 1917-1922
        Correspondence of Frederick Orpen Bower, letters from Sir Isaac Bayley Balfour

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Letter to Frederick Orpen Bower from Sir Isaac Bayley Balfour

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Reference Code

GB 0248 DC 002/14/45a


23 February 1919

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Name of creator

Balfour | Sir | Isaac Bayley | 1853-1922 | professor of botany, University of Edinburgh and regius keeper of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

Letter to Frederick Orpen Bower from Sir Isaac Bayley Balfour in which he discusses a recent memorandum by German professors attacking the quality of British science which was signed by only 93 people. He has recently seen Sir David Prain who had met Massart and he had told Prain that there had been some indignancy in Germany concerning this document as it represented a small number of German scientists. He informed Prain that a second document had been drawn up which expressed the same sentiments but which had been signed by 3000 German scientists. Balfour tells Bower that Prain had received a copy of the document from Massart and had lodged a copy of it with the Royal Society. He had expressed the idea of also sending a copy to the Royal Society of Edinburgh and is warning Bower that this is about to happen in order to give him time to think what to do about the document. Signatories include several German botanists including Karl Immanuel Eberhard Von Goebel and almost all German physicists.




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