Keeping natural philosophy alive in eighteenth-Century Oxford: John Whiteside (1679-1729) and William Huddesford (1732-1772)

Roos, Anna Marie (2021) Keeping natural philosophy alive in eighteenth-Century Oxford: John Whiteside (1679-1729) and William Huddesford (1732-1772). In: Georgian Oxford. Brill, Leiden. ISBN UNSPECIFIED

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This paper focuses upon two keepers of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, oft forgotten, that were important to promoting natural philosophy, and promoting it well in Oxford in the unloved eighteenth century: John Whiteside (1679-1729) and William Huddesford (1732-1772). Whiteside, elected keeper on 14 December 1714, was a member of Christchurch and clergyman, a keen and talented astronomer, an FRS, and Edmond Halley communicated two of his astronomical observations to the Royal Society. Huddesford was also not only a significant natural historian, but an antiquarian who we have to thank for preserving the early modern archives in the natural sciences, and for shaping our own views of the history of science. An analysis of the work of Whiteside and Huddesford demonstrates that we need to think more about Georgian keepers of the Ashmolean as proper natural philosophers and antiquaries beyond the usual narratives of the ‘Scientific Revolution’, which premise an eighteenth-century decline.

Keywords:John Whiteside, William Huddesford, Ashmolean Museum, History of science, Oxford, Eighteenth-century science
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V380 History of Science
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V210 British History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
ID Code:41417
Deposited On:24 Jul 2020 10:13

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