Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine,  8 (1859–60), 77–80.

Great Men and their Mothers  [1/4]



Essay, Serial


Gender, Education, Scientific Practitioners

    Notes Isaac Newton's 'misfortune never to have known the care and affection of a father' and how his mother did not allow her 'new alliance' to interfere with his studies. Adds that it was her intention to provide him with an education that would enable him to 'manage his own estate' but, 'finding him exhibit such an ardent desire for mental improvement [...] released him from the obstacles which her prudence had thoughtlessly thrown in his way'. Goes on to describe how Adam Smith's mother cared for her perpetually 'sickly' son. (80)

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