William Whewell

Standard Name: Whewell, William


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Friends, Associates Emily Shirreff
ES 's circle of friends included Sir William Grove (inventor of the Grove battery), scientist Mary Somerville , lawyer and Royal Society president Lord Wrottesley , astronomer Sir George Biddell Airy , Sir John Herschel
Friends, Associates Mary Somerville
In London the Somervilles enjoyed participating in a rich scientific community: Mary's time there was much happier than during her first marriage. She attended many lectures at the Royal Institution , and took lessons in...
Instructor Augusta Ada Byron
Lady Byron employed a number of governesses to educate the young AAB at their various country homes. From the age of five Ada received full-time instruction in arithmetic, grammar, spelling, reading, music, geography, drawing, and...
Literary responses Mary Somerville
Mathematician William Whewell 's anonymous assessment of On the Connexion of the Physical Sciences by MS in the Quarterly Review took up the question of gender difference (and proposed the adoption of a new word, scientist).
Patterson, Elizabeth Chambers. Mary Somerville and the Cultivation of Science, 1815-1840. Martinus Nijhoff, 1983.
Brock, Claire. The Comet Sweeper: Caroline Herschel’s astronomical ambition. Thriplow, 2007.
Textual Features Georgiana Chatterton
GC worked on Plato with advice from scholar William Whewell (Master of Trinity College, Cambridge), whom she had known for at least five years.
“The Ferrers of Baddesley Clinton”. Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
Textual Production Mary Somerville
As was normal practice for scientific texts at the time, MS had canvassed a number of her learned friends for aid in preparing and proofreading her manuscript. Lord Brougham , Michael Faraday , James Forbes
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Jane Francesca, Lady Wilde
The Destiny of Humanity discusses works by Aristotle , Plato , Kant , William Whewell , and Frederick Faber .
Melville, Joy. Mother of Oscar. John Murray, 1999.


William Whewell coined the term scientist at a meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science .
At Cambridge, the Cambridge Network—which included John Herschel , William Babbage , George Peacock , George Airy , Adam Sedgwick , and William Whewell —lobbied to establish the formal study of science.