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Science at Oxford, 1914-1939Transforming an Arts University$
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Jack Morrell

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206576

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206576.001.0001

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The Changing Salience of Oxford Science 1914–1939

The Changing Salience of Oxford Science 1914–1939

(p.6) 1 The Changing Salience of Oxford Science 1914–1939
Science at Oxford, 1914-1939

Jack Morrell

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the evolution of the science curriculum of Oxford University in England from 1914 to 1939. It suggests that the standard view of Oxford's contribution to World War I is based on the case of Harry Moseley who was renowned as the discoverer of atomic numbers. During this period, Oxford had serious problems retaining its scientists. All established scientists left Oxford between the wars because of their need for higher salaries. The most notorious cases of departure were those of Solly Zukerman, Ernst Chain, and Peter Medawar.

Keywords:   science curriculum, Oxford University, scientists, Harry Moseley, Solly Zukerman, Ernst Chain, Peter Medawar

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