During the fall semester of 1997-98, Donald deB. Beaver, Professor of the History of Science, was on sabbatical leave.
With the help of grants from the College for his leave, Professor
Beaver continued to try to find materials relevant to a biography of
Sarah Bowdich, later Mrs. Lee, an accomplished Victorian naturalist,
author, artist and traveler.
Professor Beaver enjoying a quiet moment in the History of Science seminar room. Invited to give a paper on Sarah Bowdich at a panel on "Women Scientists in the Field," at the Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society, held in La Jolla, California, Professor Beaver presented "Stories from Strange Lands," or Early Natural History in Tropical West Africa: How Sarah Bowdich (1791-1856) Beame a Naturalist, 1816-1824," on November 9, 1997. On Tuesday, March 17, he reported some of his research results to colleagues at a Bronfman Bag Lunch, "Serendipity, Service, and Survival in Carving out a Career in Natural History: The Case of Sarah Bowdich (1791-1856)."
In addition, Professor Beaver continued as usual to review and referee scholarly work during the year for various scholarly journals: the American Journal of Physics, Spectrum [an IEEE journal], and ISIS, [History of Science Society].