Journal of the History of Biology 32 (3):421 - 438 (1999)

This paper explores the special problems encountered by the biographer of a living scientific subject. In particular, it explores the complex of problems that emerges from the intense interpersonal dynamic involving issues of distance, privacy and trust. It also explores methodological problems having to do with oral history interviews and other supporting documentation. It draws on the personal experience of the author and the biographical subject of G. Ledyard Stebbins Jr., the botanist, geneticist and evolutionist. It also offers prescriptives and recommendations for future research.
Keywords science biography  recent science  Stebbins  G. Ledyard Jr.  oral history  historiography of biology
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DOI 10.1023/A:1004731419724
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