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Monday, 10 February 2020, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Making New Plants: A History

Jim Endersby

This lecture examines the work of Hugo de Vries, a Dutch botanist who was one of the first to claim that science would allow plants and animals to be designed to order. 

It also looks at the early twentieth-century ‘Station for Experimental Evolution’ in New York, and at the utopian vision of Charlotte Gilman Perkins’ Herland (1915), a novel describing a lost world populated by women that took the form of a perfect garden, whose wonderful plants and lack of men were both explained by de Vries’ theory of mutation.

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Jim is Professor of the History of Science at the University of Sussex. He specialises in Victorian natural history and the modern genetics and has presented programmes for BBC Radio 4.

Professor Endersby's lecture series are as follows:

2019/20 Utopian Gardens

All lectures by the Visiting Professor in the History of Science can be accessed here.

Current Visiting Professor of Environment

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