Volltext: English men of science: their nature and nurture

(2) “ Decidedly innate. The science of ... . 
was well taught at the university of .... , where 
I studied, set. 16-18, and accidentally this be¬ 
came serviceable to me when employed as an 
engineer by . . . . The friendship of ... . ma¬ 
terially affected my career. My tastes were not 
largely developed by events occurring after 
manhood.” (a, b, d,f ) 
(3) “ Family tradition derived through my 
mother’s side. My profession fell in with my 
natural tastes, such as sketching.” (c, d, e) 
(4) “ Innate, I think, as regards certain quali¬ 
ties of mind, which led me, under the pressure of 
circumstances, to direct my attention to certain 
things in a certain way, namely, (1) independence 
of judgment ; (2) earnestness of purpose ; (3) a 
practical, clear-headed, common sense, logical 
way of viewing things.” (c, d) 
(5) “I cannot say whether they were innate. 
I was always brought up in a half-scientific, half¬ 
literary atmosphere, and was a fair mathema¬ 
tician as a boy, as well as a fair classic and


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