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Ralph Tate (1840–1901), Naturalist par excellence: Life and Work before Emigration to Australia

Barbara P. Kidman

Historical Records of Australian Science 24(2) 207 - 224
Published: 12 November 2013

Abstract

Ralph Tate (1840–1901), the foundation Professor of Natural Science at the University of Adelaide, proved to be a remarkable scientist and naturalist with outstanding achievements in several fields. Tate was selected for the Chair in Adelaide, despite having no previous university experience, mainly on the recommendation of T. H. Huxley. This paper examines Tate's background in some detail and establishes that, in fact, as a respected geologist and palaeontologist with interests in conchology and botany, he was particularly well qualified to fill the post. He had had years of teaching practice, a long list of research publications and even experience in exploring new territories.



Full text doi:10.1071/HR13003

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