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Alistair Cameron Crombie

(1915—1996) historian of science


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Alistair Cameron Crombie was born in Brisbane, Australia on 4 November 1915 and died in Oxford on 9 November 1996. Crombie completed his first degree in zoology at the University of Melbourne in 1938, and moved to Jesus College, Cambridge, where he took a doctorate in the same subject. While at Cambridge, Crombie studied philosophy informally with Charlie Dunbar Broad and began work in the history and philosophy of science. In 1942, one year before his marriage to Nancy Hey, he was awarded a PhD for a dissertation on population dynamics. After a period of research in this area, Crombie moved, in 1946, to a lectureship in the history and philosophy of science at University College London.

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From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Philosophy.


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