n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Lost in the Stars : A.W. Roberts at the Crossroads of Mission, Science, and Race in South Africa 1883-1938 : book review




This is the biography of a remarkable person who achieved fame in both the scientific and the political life of South Africa. AW Roberts, though he came from a relatively poor Scottish family, was bright and received a good education. He grew up a liberal Presbyterian and was to spend most of his life educating, Europeanizing, and championing the rights of "native" South Africans. In middle age he came to represent their interests to a politically conservative regime that could not accept the direct involvement of black people.


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