The scientific life of David Livingstone

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David Livingstone was born into poverty at Blantyre, near Glasgow, in 1813. Largely self-taught as a boy, Scotland’s enlightened higher education system allowed him to secure medical training at Anderson’s College in Glasgow in 1836. In 1841 he left for Africa and spent the next 32 years opening up the “Dark Continent”.

In this lecture, Professor Michael Barrett outlines key scientific and geographical discoveries made by Livingstone and discusses the impact of tropical diseases on Livingstone’s travels in Africa.


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