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'Gentlemen of Science'

Science  09 Jan 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5348, pp. 179
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5348.179

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When modern science began taking shape in the 17th century, it was largely a hobby of the rich, the so-called natural philosophers or "gentlemen of science." Although many of them had patrons in the form of individuals, scientific societies, or museums, some used their own money to fund their investigations. And for many years, some of the most prominent scientists of the day had links to royalty--and the money that came with the title.

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