Journal of the History of Biology

, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 309–352

C.D. Darlington and the British and American Reaction to Lysenko and the Soviet Conception of Science

  • Oren Solomon Harman

DOI: 10.1023/A:1024483131660

Cite this article as:
Harman, O.S. Journal of the History of Biology (2003) 36: 309. doi:10.1023/A:1024483131660


The Anglo-American reaction to the Lysenkoaffair has been treated primarily either fromthe point of view of the political Right orLeft, or as a consequence of post-WWIIinternational relations. None of the accountshave considered the central role of the Britishcytogeneticist and evolutionist C.D.Darlington. This article considers Darlington'srole, and illustrates how, through an analysisof his divergent reaction, it becomes possibleto see the response to Lysenko as a reflectionof internal scientific and political debatesconcerning the planning, funding, utility, andfreedom of science in post-war Britain.

C.D. Darlington divergence J.B.S. Haldane Lysenko affair planning racialist scientific humanism Society for the Freedom of Science ``Two Camps'' philosophy of science strategy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oren Solomon Harman
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  1. 1.Sidney M. Edelstein Center, For the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and MedicineThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

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