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Papers of Frederick Orpen Bower
    Correspondence of Frederick Orpen Bower 1917-1922

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Correspondence of Frederick Orpen Bower: letters relating to the chairs of botany at Liverpool and Edinburgh universities and to Tansley's 'Manifesto'

Subseries Summary

Reference Code

GB 0248 DC 002/14/501-529

Date(s)

31 January 1918-21 February 1922

Extent and medium of the unit of description

29

letters

Name of creator

Bower | Frederick Orpen | 1855-1948 | regius professor of botany, University of Glasgow

Biographical History

Biographical History

Robert John Harvey-Gibson resigned from the Chair of Botany at the University of Liverpool in 1921 and Frederick Orpen Bower was involved in the selection of his successor. John McLean Thomson was appointed and filled the position from until 1921-1952.

In 1922 the Chair of Botany at the University of Edinburgh became vacant, following the death of Sir Isaac Bayley Balfour, and again Bower was involved with candidates for that position.

Sir Arthur George Tansley advocated a change in teaching practice within botany, with more empasis given to morphology, which provoked much discussion and argument within the profession, to which Bower contributed.

The chair of Botany at Kings College, London was vacated by the retirement of William Beecroft Bottomley in 1921. Support from Bower was sought by two of the candidates.

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

Correspondence of Frederick Orpen Bower: letters relating to the chairs of botany at Liverpool and Edinburgh universities and to Tansley's 'Manifesto':

  • letters relating to the chair of botany at Liverpool
  • letters relating to the chair of botany at Edinburgh
  • letters relating to Tansley's 'Manifesto'
  • letters relating to the chair of botany at Kings College, London

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