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Catalogue of the papers of CARL FREDERICK ABEL PANTIN FRS (1899 - 1967)

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Reference CSAC 88.6.82
Covering dates ca 1959-1967
Held by Cambridge University, Trinity College Library
Extent 15 files
Creators Pantin, Carl Frederick Abel, 1899-1967, scientist and zoologist
Note Compiled by: Jeannine Alton
Julia Latham-Jackson
The work of the Contemporary Scientific Archives Centre, and the production of this catalogue, are made possible by the support of the following societies and institutions:
The Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland
The Biochemical Society
The British Pharmacological Society
The Charles Babbage Foundation for the History of Information Processing
The Institute of Physics
The Institution of Electrical Engineers
The Nuffield Foundation
The Physiological Society
The Royal Society of London

With the exception of item 1, the material was received from Professor M.J.S. Rudwick, to whom it was lent by Pantin in the course of research. It is regretted that no other records or correspondence can be traced of this distinguished zoologist and contributor to invertebrate physiology and evolutionary theory.
The collection consists of various typescript sequences for lectures and papers, with many manuscript revisions and additions. Only one item (6) is dated, 1964, but all the material relates to themes dealt with in Pantin's Tarner Lectures at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1959 (edited by A.W. Pantin and W.H. Thorpe and published by Cambridge University Press, 1968, as 'The relations between the sciences') and his Ballard Mathews Lectures on 'Science and education' given at University College of North Wales in 1963. These themes include Pantin's distinction between the 'restricted' (physical) sciences and the 'unrestricted' (biological) sciences, and his postulate of the 'illative sense' - a term borrowed from J.H. Newman's 'The Grammar of Assent' - as a factor in scientific research. Pantin drew for illustrative material on various episodes in the history of nineteenth century biological and geological science.

[no title or date]  CSAC 88.6.82/1

Copy of Christ's College [Cambridge] Magazine, May 1967. An obituary notice of Pantin by T. Weis-Fogh, his successor as Professor and Head of the Department of Zoology, appears on p.54.

[no title or date]  CSAC 88.6.82/2

'Biology and the Scientific Method by C.F.A. Pantin, Zoological Laboratory, Cambridge'.
6 pp. numbered typescript.

[no title or date]  CSAC 88.6.82/3

'Scientific Research and the "Illative Sense"'.
30 pp. numbered typescript with ms. corrections by Pantin and another.

[no title or date]  CSAC 88.6.82/4

Draft bearing title (deleted in pencil) 'Scientific Research and Intuitive Inference'.
The draft is in two parts which together deal with three examples of intuitive hypotheses: the identification by Owen of the New Zealand Moa bird; the history of the chronology of the earth from Newton to Kelvin; and the hypotheses of Darwin and Agassiz at Glen Roy.
The first part is typescript with extensive ms. corrections by Pantin and M. Rudwick; it bears various paginations, 14 pp. in all.
The second part is a photocopy paginated 15-26. It is accompanied by a note from M. Rudwick 'Photocopy (with my underlinings, etc.) of typescript by Pantin - original returned to his widow'.

[no title or date]  CSAC 88.6.82/5

Untitled typescript and ms. draft with a ms. note 'Tarner?'.
There are paginations in red in the upper right corner which run 8, 9, 14-30.

[no title or date]  CSAC 88.6.82/6

'The parallel roads of Glenroy. Note by Professor C.F.A. Pantin FRS'.
2 pp. typescript signed and dated at end 'C.F.A.P. October 1964', with a ms. note at head in the hand of M. Rudwick 'Take to London (for C.F.A.P.').'

[no title or date]  CSAC 88.6.82/7

'The Scientific Method in Biology'.
4 pp. only, typescript heavily corrected by Pantin and with some corrections in another hand.

[no title or date]  CSAC 88.6.82/8

'Scientific Research and Intuitive Inference'.
3 pp. only, typescript with some ms. revisions.

[no title or date]  CSAC 88.6.82/9

Heavily-corrected typescript draft, paginated 3-29, largely on the career and scientific contribution of Edward Forbes.
Corrections are in red, black and blue ink or ballpoint, by Pantin and others.

[no title or date]  CSAC 88.6.82/10

'The History of Science and Modern Biology'.
1 p. revised typescript only.

[no title or date]  CSAC 88.6.82/11

p.2 only of lecture; refers to work of Edward Forbes, but not part of 9 above.

[no title or date]  CSAC 88.6.82/12

p.9 only of lecture.

[no title or date]  CSAC 88.6.82/13

2 pp. ms. notes by Pantin on the New Zealand bird identified by Owen.

[no title or date]  CSAC 88.6.82/14

6 pp. typescript notes on same subject.

[no title or date]  CSAC 88.6.82/15

Miscellaneous photocopies of published material on same subject.

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