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Provincial mycology and the legacy of Henry Thomas Soppitt (1858–1899) (2020)


The essay explores the life and legacy of Henry Thomas Soppitt, focusing on his elucidation of the life cycle of the rust fungus Puccinia bistortae (F. Strauss) DC. It focuses on the impact this discovery had on the Yorkshire mycological community during a period of threat to its standing caused by the professionalization of science and subsequent degradation of the amateur. It goes on to explores how two Yorkshire mycologists and participants in the discovery, Charles Crossland and James Needham, used accounts of Soppitt's discovery to ensure his legacy and, later, to attempt to ensure the legacy of their community. It shows how these accounts were varied in their content and medium and analyses the relative value of collections to printed text to Yorkshire mycologists through the differences in their accounts.

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Authors & Contributors
Smith, Nathan
Brock, William H.
Jewess, Michael
Trushin, Maxim V.
Brad Bolman
Yatsiuk, Iryna
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Journal of the History of Biology
Journal of Medical Biography
Historical Records of Australian Science
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Tinta da China
Florida International University
University of Pittsburgh Press
University of Chicago Press
L'Erma di Bretschneider
Scientific communities; interprofessional relations
Professions and professionalization
Tyndall, John
Foote, Eunice
Massee, George Edward
Ramsbottom, John
Dietrich, Heinrich August
Sorokin, Nikolai Vasilevich
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
18th century
Great Britain
Yorkshire (England)
Madrid (Spain)
Imperial Kazan University
Society for the Bibliography of Natural History
Academia das Ciências de Lisboa
British Mycological Society
Royal Society of London
Royal Institution of Great Britain

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