“A Scholar and a Gentleman”: The Problematic Identity of the Scientific Practitioner in Early Modern England

  title={“A Scholar and a Gentleman”: The Problematic Identity of the Scientific Practitioner in Early Modern England},
  author={Steven Shapin},
  journal={History of Science},
  pages={279 - 327}
  • S. Shapin
  • Published 1 September 1991
  • History
  • History of Science
In a small parish church in Fladbury, Worcestershire, there is a funerary plaque commemorating a local Anglican minister who died in 1783, though the plaque itself may date from some years later. The inscription describes him as "a Gentleman, a Scholar, and a Christian". Three years ago I found the plaque noteworthy enough to photograph, and I have been trying ever since to articulate why I found it so interesting. "A Gentleman, a Scholar, and a Christian" possibly I found it remarkable because… 
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