Bringing science to the public: Ferdinand von Mueller and botanical education in Victorian Victoria
AuthorLucas, AM; Maroske, S; Brown-May, A
Source TitleAnnals of Science: a review of the history of science since the thirteenth century
PublisherTaylor & Francis
University of Melbourne Author/sMay, Andrew
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsLucas, A. M., Maroske, S. & Brown-May, A. (2006). Bringing science to the public: Ferdinand von Mueller and botanical education in Victorian Victoria. Annals of Science, 63 (1), pp.25-57. https://doi.org/10.1080/00033790500365389.
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Ferdinand von Mueller (1825_/96), the German-born Government Botanist of Victoria from 1853 until his death, and concurrently Director of the Melbourne Botanic Garden from 1857 until 1873, was a prolific systematic botanist, but also heavily involved in public educational activities. He conceived of the Garden as an educative place of recreation, but ultimately lost control over it. His loss did not stop his popular writing and lecturing, especially in areas related to the application of botany in horticulture, agriculture, and forestry. The structure of his introductory school text*/very different from the intensely logical grammarlike botany texts of the period*/owed much to his political masters, but it is characterized by careful attention to language and locality. Mueller’s work represents a consistent and pervasive example of attention to the ‘public understanding of science’ that resonates with the concerns of early twenty-firstcentury funders of scientific research.
KeywordsHistory: Australian; History and Philosophy of Science and Technology ; Understanding Australia's Past
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