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Femmes de science dans la Grande-Bretagne victorienne

Abstract : In early nineteenth century in Britain, science was essentially an occupation for enlightened gentlemen who met informally or in learned societies to discuss their discoveries. However, progress in all fields of knowledge led to the specialization and professionalization of science from the 1840s onwards, as well as to the formalization of the education of scientists. At the same time, science pervaded tne entire culture of British society through books, lectures and, a bove all, thousands of newspapers that disseminated scientific ideas and discoveries to the public. In patriarchal society that assigned women a place in the domestic and private sphere and denied them access to higher education, it was then difficult for them to undertake scientific careeers. Yet women were present in all disciplines, often working with a relative or as authors of popular science books. Four women in particular, from very different social backgrounds, managed to overcome all hurdles to access science knowledge and became women scientists in their own right.
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Danièle Gabriel. Femmes de science dans la Grande-Bretagne victorienne. Sciences de l'Homme et Société. 2019. ⟨dumas-02880068⟩



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