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The Scientist in the Cottage by Michael Downes

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The only biography of celebrated Victorian scientist, FRS and former Budleigh Salterton resident Henry John Carter (1813-1895). 38pp 23 illustrations (13 in colour).

This 40-page booklet is an informative guide to the life and achievements of Budleigh scientist Henry John Carter FRS, the main subject of Fairlynch Museum’s exhibition ‘Sea, Salt and Sponges.’ Based largely on material from 19th century journals it offers some interesting insights into the Victorian era in which he lived.

There are sections on Carter’s medical career, on his time in southern Arabia, his work in geology and especially his research into sponges for which he is justly celebrated. Much admired by Darwin for his research Carter returned to his home town of Budleigh Salterton after twenty years as a doctor in India. He settled in the family home of The Cottage on Fore Street Hill, better known today as Umbrella Cottage.

With a useful timeline to Carter’s life and fascinating images, many in colour and never previously published, the booklet written by Michael Downes is an attractive bicentennial tribute to one of Devon’s great scientists.

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