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Type: Journal article
Title: International science 'down under': The British association meeting in Australia, August 1914, with special reference to related activities in Adelaide
Author: Twidale, C.
Bourne, J.
Citation: Earth Sciences History, 2002; 21(2):166-189
Publisher: History of Earth Sciences Society
Issue Date: 2002
ISSN: 0736-623X
Abstract: From 8-12 August 1914, the British Association for the Advancement of Science, meeting in Australia, descended on Adelaide. The meeting included delegates from a dozen overseas countries, including many from the United Kingdom. Amongst the visiting geologists were Arthur Philemon Coleman (1852-1939) and William Morris Davis (1850-1934), Rollin Thomas Chamberlin (1881-1948) and John Walter Gregory (1864-1932), Albrecht Penck (1858-1945) and Johannes Walther (1860-1937), Alexander du Toit (1878-1948) and Hartley Travers Ferrar (1879-1932), George William Lamplugh (1859-1926) and Sydney Hugh Reynolds (1867-1949), as well as the home-based T. W. Edgeworth David (1858-1934) and Ernest Willington Skeats (1875-1953). The proceedings created immense public interest and brought science to the people in a way never before achieved in Australia. That the meeting proceeded at all is a tribute to the Australian Government, the Association, and the conference organisers, as well as the participants, for the First World War had been declared only a few days before the meeting. The interactions between the home population and the delegates, and between delegates, provide an enlightening commentary on the values and standards of our world almost a century ago.
Keywords: Public Health
International Cooperation
Public Sector
Public Policy
History, 20th Century
Congresses as Topic
DOI: 10.17704/eshi.21.2.781x2353l6320534
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