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Robert Sharrock

(1630—1684) Church of England clergyman and natural historian


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Robert Sharrock was born in Drayton Parslow, Buckinghamshire, where his father was rector, and died in Bishops Waltham, Hampshire on 11 July 1684. He was educated at Winchester College and was elected to a Fellowship at New College, Oxford in 1649 by the Parliamentary Visitors. He graduated BCL (Bachelor of Canon Law) in 1654 and DCL in 1661. He obtained the College rectory of Howard Magna, Buckinghamshire in 1665. For many years he was rector of Bishops Waltham, Hampshire. Just before his death in 1684, he was made Archdeacon of Winchester. Robert Sharrock is remembered principally as a practical botanist and theologian, but he was also one of the many critics of Hobbes. His major work was History of the Propagation and Improvement of Vegetables (1660), dedicated to Robert Boyle. He also wrote Prefaces to several of Boyle's scientific works, and his work on experimental botany shows that, without his other commitments, he might have been a very important botanist.

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From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

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