Why I Do Not FRS my Tail: Augustus De Morgan and The Royal Society

Higgitt, Rebekah F (2006) Why I Do Not FRS my Tail: Augustus De Morgan and The Royal Society. Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London, 60 (3). pp. 253-259. ISSN 0035-9149. E-ISSN 1743-0178. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1098/rsnr.2006.0150) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The mathematician Augustus De Morgan chose not to become a Fellow of the Royal Society. This short article examines the reasons behind this choice and a sketch that he drew representing a satirical ‘Coat of Arms’ for the Society. Despite recent reform, De Morgan felt that the Society still represented aristocratic privilege rather than scientific attainment. In addition, his research into the history of the Society revealed past unfairness done in its name, for which it was yet to atone. De Morgan, who opposed and hoped to expose the presence of vested interests in the realm of science, was never to be convinced that the Royal Society represented and facilitated independent scientific endeavour.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: M.R.L. Hurst
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2016 12:00 UTC
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2016 16:48 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/53941 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Higgitt, Rebekah F: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9387-4150
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