The X Club: Fraternity of Victorian Scientists

  title={The X Club: Fraternity of Victorian Scientists},
  author={J. Vernon Jensen},
  journal={The British Journal for the History of Science},
  pages={63 - 72}
  • J. Jensen
  • Published 1 June 1970
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  • The British Journal for the History of Science
In 1864 nine eminent scientists, who had long been intimate friends, formed a dining club in order to prevent their drifting apart due to their various duties, and in order to further the cause of science. The club, which acquired the title of “X Club”, held monthly meetings from October to June, and was extremely active for two decades, but then gradually lessened in vitality. It served as a highly significant fraternity of scientists, and the regular communication which it afforded helped the… 
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