Silence of the spheres: the deaf experience in the history of science

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Traces the unique experiences and contributions of deaf scientists, including Fielding Bradford Meek, a Smithsonian paleontologist who lived in the Castle in the 1860s and 1870s. He became severely deaf and only communicated through writing as he grew older.


  • Meek, Fielding Bradford
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)


Smithsonian History Bibliography


Includes bibliographic references (p. 165-177) and index.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,




  • Deafness
  • Hearing
  • Paleontologists
  • People with disabilities
  • Disabilities

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Number of pages: 221; Page numbers: i-187

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