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Beach discusses the role and impact of the "Scientific Lazzaroni," an informal group of scientists and science supporters centered around Joseph Henry (1797-1878), first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, and Alexander Dallas Bache, head of the Coast and Geodetic Survey. The group named themselves after a group of Italian beggars, and focused on gaining government support for American science in the second half of the nineteenth century.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Bache, A. D (Alexander Dallas) 1806-1867
  • Smithsonian Institution


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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Nineteenth Century American Science: A Reappraisal (Contained within)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu




  • Scientific Lazzaroni
  • Secretariats
  • American science
  • Secretaries
  • Science
  • SI, Early History
  • Societies
  • Scientists
  • History
  • Government policy
  • Science--History
  • Science--Societies, etc
  • Science and state

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pp. 115-132

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