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Hidden in plain sight; overlooked evidence concerning James Croll (1821-1890)

Kevin J. Edwards
Hidden in plain sight; overlooked evidence concerning James Croll (1821-1890)
Earth Sciences History (April 2023) 42 (1): 160-173


Three new pieces of evidence concerning James Croll, the nineteenth century Scottish autodidact and climate change pioneer are revealed. These untold facets became apparent as a result of pursuing evidence further than might have seemed warranted, and comprise: (1) Croll's short-lived attempt to become a publisher; (2) appointment to a janitorial position at Anderson's University and Museum in Glasgow a year later than claimed by himself and repeated by subsequent commentators; (3) the enigma of why letters from Joseph Dalton Hooker to Croll were copied onto notepaper headed Montreal Cottage in Perth, Scotland (the town in which Croll lived), and the identification of John Bower, a retired fleet-surgeon and friend of Croll, as the copyist. It is argued that the findings were hidden in plain sight, are not trivial, and shed light on the biography of a relatively neglected individual.

ISSN: 0736-623X
EISSN: 1944-6187
Serial Title: Earth Sciences History
Serial Volume: 42
Serial Issue: 1
Title: Hidden in plain sight; overlooked evidence concerning James Croll (1821-1890)
Author(s): Edwards, Kevin J.
Affiliation: University of Aberdeen, Departments of Geography & Environment and Archaeology, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Pages: 160-173
Published: 202304
Text Language: English
Publisher: History of the Earth Sciences Society, Troy, NY, United States
References: 36
Accession Number: 2023-042604
Categories: Environmental geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. port.
N54°40'00" - N61°00'00", W08°30'00" - W00°45'00"
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2023, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 2023
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