R. E. Dennett


MR. R. E. DENNETT, who died in London on May 28 at the age of sixty-four, was a student of the religions, languages, and customs of the indigenous races of West Africa, and his work was marked by great ability and originality. Son of an Anglican clergyman of unusual individuality—a Devonshire man—Mr. Dennett was born at Valparaiso, and had his early education at Marlborough School. He went out to West Africa in his early twenties, and he spent more than forty years in Nigeria and in what are now the French and Belgian Congo territories. Comparatively early in his career he was brought into association with that remarkable woman, Mary Kingsley, and his mind, already sympathetically disposed towards the native races, received an additional powerful impetus in the same beneficent direction. Thereafter he bent a great part of an intellect naturally strong to the attempt to interpret the character and institutions of the Africans to the reading public in Great Britain.

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C. R. E. Dennett. Nature 107, 529–530 (1921). https://doi.org/10.1038/107529a0

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