Making Darwin: Biography and the Changing Representations of Charles Darwin
Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Vol. 40, No. 3.
By Janet Browne
Biographies of scientists are generating fresh interest as current
movements in the historiography of science increasingly focus on the
social aspects of science and on the criteria that most accurately
describe a scientific life. Biography is the form through which the
work of a scientist can be located in its fullest historical context.
It can also reveal much about the construction of reputation and about
the reception of ideas. The biographical tradition surrounding the
naturalist Charles Darwin from 1882 to the present day has employed a
variegated imagery, exemplifying how writings about scientific figures
have adjusted to changing cultural and scientific norms.
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