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Charles Darwin and Andrew Smith; an overseas exchange

Lyall I. Anderson
Charles Darwin and Andrew Smith; an overseas exchange
Scottish Journal of Geology (February 2009) 45, Part 1: 59-68


Charles Darwin met Andrew Smith in Cape Town, southern Africa on the last leg of his voyage aboard HMS Beagle (1831-1836). Both men shared a common background of having attended medical school at the University of Edinburgh although there was no apparent overlap of their times there; the latter became a career medic whereas the former did not. Evidence from the Beagle Collection of geological samples held at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences reveals that as well as accompanying Darwin on geological fieldwork around Cape Town, Smith supplied him with rocks which he had collected personally during his expedition to central southern Africa the previous year (1835). The two men remained firm correspondents until the year before Smith's death in 1872.

ISSN: 0036-9276
EISSN: 2041-4951
Serial Title: Scottish Journal of Geology
Serial Volume: 45, Part 1
Title: Charles Darwin and Andrew Smith; an overseas exchange
Author(s): Anderson, Lyall I.
Affiliation: University of Cambridge, Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Pages: 59-68
Published: 200902
Text Language: English
Publisher: Scottish Academic Press, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
References: 39
Accession Number: 2009-099553
Categories: Igneous and metamorphic petrology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. port., sketch maps
S33°55'60" - S33°55'60", E18°28'00" - E18°28'00"
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from The Geological Society, London, London, United Kingdom
Update Code: 200953
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