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05 June 2009


A very modern view of natural science by Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree - preview

Bridget Morris looks at this early concern about man and the world

Most of us probably feel none too proud in adulthood when confronted with our feeble school essays
  • In the case of Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree an exception can be made
  • Son of the great York chocolate manufacturer and philanthropist Joseph Rowntree, Seebohm later became a pioneer of social reform as well as company chairman of the Rowntree Cocoa Works between 1923 and 1941
  • At the tender age of sixteen he wrote a prize-winning essay on the subject of ‘The migration of salmon’, which opens: Whilst staying in Braemar in the summer holidays, I went two or three times to see the salmon leap at the river Dee, and wishing to know rather more about these fishes I read the report that Frank Buckland who is nowadays referred to as the David Bellamy of his time wrote for the Government on the subject
  • It is chiefly from his book that I have got the material for the present essay
  • Speaking of this book, I may as well mention here a few things that Buckland has done for the salmon fisheries of Great Britain

  • Bridget Morris

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