I CANNOT but think that the list of candidates recommended by the Council for election into the Royal Society published in your last number will be read by the outside world with considerable surprise. I look in vain in it for the names of two men, at least, of world-wide reputation, and well known as no mere dilettanti in their respective sciences, who were among the candidates, while the names of others are found there, which are on everybody's lips with the thought, What have they done to merit the scientific distinction which is looked on by every lover of science as almost an opening of the gates of paradise? Is it possible for us outsiders to learn anything of the considerations which govern the election?
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Not An F.R.S.. The Royal Society. Nature 2, 48 (1870). https://doi.org/10.1038/002048d0
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