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Leonard Jenyns

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When Darwin returned from the Beagle voyage there was no-one available to describe the fish that he had collected. At Darwin’s request Jenyns, a friend from Cambridge days, took on the challenge. It was not an easy one: at that time Jenyns had only worked…

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  • … first of John Stevens Henslow, and then of Leonard Jenyns, the vicar of Swaffham Bulbeck and Henslow …
  • … to Capt. Fitzroy, and the appointment confirmed’. Jenyns had known Darwin since he was an …
  • … their shared passion for natural history drew them together. Jenyns noted that in those early days …
  • … in the Fens and in the woods around Bottisham Hall, near Jenyns’s home. Indeed a friendly rivalry …
  • … in the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge. Jenyns may have pondered on his decision …
  • … the fish that he had collected. At Darwin’s request Jenyns took on the challenge, although it was …
  • … to be the most rigorous and exacting scientific work that Jenyns would ever undertake and culminated …
  • … After Darwin’s return from the voyage of the Beagle Jenyns saw him ‘only at intervals’ but they …

The Voyage of the Beagle

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It was a letter from his friend and former teacher, John Stevens Henslow, that brought the 22-year-old Charles Darwin news of the offer of a place on board the Admiralty surveying vessel, HMS Beagle, on a voyage to chart the coast of South America. It took…

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  • … the top of the list when first Henslow himself, and then  Leonard Jenyns , was forced to turn it …

List of correspondents

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Below is a list of Darwin's correspondents with the number of letters for each one. Click on a name to see the letters Darwin exchanged with that correspondent.    "A child of God" (1) Abberley,…

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  • … Octavian (3) Blomefield, Leonard (42) …
  • … Darwin, Horace (30) Darwin, Leonard (37) …
  • … Horner, K. M. (5) Horner, Leonard (13) …
  • … Ruck, M. A. (2) Rudd, Leonard (2) …

Photograph album of German and Austrian scientists

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The album was sent to Darwin to mark his birthday on 12 February 1877 by the civil servant Emil Rade, and contained 165 portraits of German and Austrian scientists. The work was lavishly produced and bound in blue velvet with metal embossing. Its ornate…

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  • … in the journal Nature , one of Darwin's oldest friends Leonard Blomefield (formerly Jenyns) …
  • … first laid before the scientific world.— ( Letter from Leonard Blomefield, 12 March 1877 ) …

Darwin in letters, 1844–1846: Building a scientific network

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The scientific results of the Beagle voyage still dominated Darwin's working life, but he broadened his continuing investigations into the nature and origin of species. Far from being a recluse, Darwin was at the heart of British scientific society,…

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  • … Lyell, George Robert Waterhouse, John Stevens Henslow, Leonard Horner, Leonard Jenyns, Edward Forbes …
  • … by Darwin’s heterodox opinions and later in the year both Jenyns and Hooker were invited to read a …
  • … which formed the basis of discussions with Charles Lyell and Leonard Horner in letters in this …

Darwin in letters, 1837–1843: The London years to 'natural selection'

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The seven-year period following Darwin's return to England from the Beagle voyage was one of extraordinary activity and productivity in which he became recognised as a naturalist of outstanding ability, as an author and editor, and as a professional…

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  • … G. R. Waterhouse;  Birds , by John Gould;  Fish , by Leonard Jenyns; and  Reptiles , by Thomas …

Darwin’s reading notebooks

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In April 1838, Darwin began recording the titles of books he had read and the books he wished to read in Notebook C (Notebooks, pp. 319–28). In 1839, these lists were copied and continued in separate notebooks. The first of these reading notebooks (DAR 119…

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  • … 1822] read Flourens Edit [Flourens 1845] read L. Jenyns paper on Annals of Nat. Hist. [Jenyns …
  • … [DAR 119: 13a] 1843 Feb 20 th . L. Jenyns notes to White’s Selbourn [Jenyns ed. …
  • … eds.] [Abstract in DAR 91: 13.]  119: 9b Horner, Leonard, ed. 1843.  Memoirs and …
  • … or,   conflict . 3 vols. London.  128: 25 Jenyns, Leonard. 1838. Further remarks on the …
  • … dit jardin.  Augsbourg.  128: 16 [Knapp, John Leonard]. 1829.  Journal of a   …
  • … waters.  Philadelphia.  128: 8 Staunton, George Leonard. 1797.  An authentic account of …
  • … 2a ——.  See also  E. T. Bennett ed. 1837, Jenyns ed. 1843, Jessie ed. 1849, and [J. …

Darwin in letters, 1861: Gaining allies

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The year 1861 marked an important change in the direction of Darwin’s work. He had weathered the storm that followed the publication of Origin, and felt cautiously optimistic about the ultimate acceptance of his ideas. The letters from this year provide an…

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  • … and relationship when he was asked to contribute to Leonard Jenyns’s  Memoir of the Rev. John …

Darwin in letters, 1847-1850: Microscopes and barnacles

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Darwin's study of barnacles, begun in 1844, took him eight years to complete. The correspondence reveals how his interest in a species found during the Beagle voyage developed into an investigation of the comparative anatomy of other cirripedes and…

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  • … himself (see Correspondence vol. 2, letter to Leonard Jenyns, 10 April [1837]) and it was intended …
  • … a large family (three more children, Elizabeth, Francis, and Leonard, were born during this period) …

Darwin & coral reefs

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No statement of the theory that could be described as ‘thought out’ has been found in the extensive notes on geological observations that survive from the time Darwin spent on the west coast of South America. There are, however, several references in the…

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  • … to have finished writing his book on coral reefs: letter to Leonard Jenyns [9 May 1842] . …

Scientific Networks

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Friendship|Mentors|Class|Gender In its broadest sense, a scientific network is a set of connections between people, places, and things that channel the communication of knowledge, and that substantially determine both its intellectual form and content,…

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  • … offered the Beagle naturalist appointment first to Leonard Jenyns, who almost accepted, as did …