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Charles Hutton and the ‘Dissensions’ of 1783–84: Scientific networking and its failures

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This paper proposes a fresh look at the ‘Dissensions’ that held up scientific business at the Royal Society during the spring of 1784. It focuses attention on the career and personal networks of Charles Hutton, whose dismissal from the role of Foreign Secretary ignited the row. It shows that the incident had no single cause but was the outcome of a number of factors that made Hutton intolerable to Joseph Banks, president of the Society, and of a number of factors that made Banks unpopular as ...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1098/rsnr.2016.0016

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, Colleges and Halls
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Grant:
Early Career Research Grant, reference AH/L015196/1
Publisher:
Royal Society Publisher's website
Journal:
Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London Journal website
Volume:
71
Issue:
1
Pages:
41-59
Publication date:
2016-07-06
Acceptance date:
2016-06-15
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EISSN:
1743-0178
ISSN:
0035-9149
URN:
uuid:c4d25088-b505-45d5-b9cd-d963bf9e08ab
Source identifiers:
628241
Local pid:
pubs:628241
Paper number:
1

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