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The Word "Scientist" (S507a: 1894/1895)

Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: Wallace's short response to an opinion survey as to whether the word "scientist" seemed objectionable. Printed (along with the responses of several others) on page 242 of Volume 1 (n.s.) of Science-Gossip in late 1894 or early 1895. To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S507A.htm

Parkstone, Dorset;
December 8th, 1894.

     Dear Sir,--I thought the very useful American term "Scientist" was now adopted, and I see Dr. Armstrong used it at the Chemical Society, yesterday. As we have Biologist, Zoologist, Geologist, Botanist, Chemist, Physicist, Physiologist and Specialist, why should we not use "Scientist"? And what have we to use instead? It seems to me that it has, as the Americans say, "come to stay," and it is too late in the day to object to it.

Yours very truly,
Alfred R. Wallace.

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