Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

English men of science: their nature and nurture
Galton, Francis
are on my list. No doubt, many persons of 
considerable position living in Edinburgh, Dub¬ 
lin, and elsewhere at a distance from London, 
are not among those with whose experiences 
I am about to deal. But that is no objection ; 
I do not profess or care to be exhaustive in my 
data, only desiring to have a sufficiency of 
material, and to be satisfied that it is good so 
far as it goes, and a perfectly fair sample. I 
do not particularly want a list that shall include 
every man of science in England, but seek 
for one that is sufficiently extended for my 
purposes, and that contains none but truly 
scientific men, in the usual acceptation of that 
However, I have made some further estimates, 
and conclude that an exhaustive list of men 
of the British Isles, of the same mature ages 
and general scientific status as those of whom 
I have been speaking, would amount to 300, 
but not to more. 
Some of my readers may feel surprise that 
so many as 300 persons are to be found in 
the United Kingdom who deserve the title of


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