British Association for the Advancement of Science

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This peripatetic body, founded in 1831, has been important in promoting public awareness of science. The Royal Society was London‐based and like a gentleman's club; the Royal Institution fashionable and expensive. Provincial pride and fear of scientific decline were important factors in the British Association's establishment; the first meeting was in York, then came Oxford and Cambridge, and then commercial and industrial cities.

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