Rum Goings On

Julian Pettifer recalls a scientific fraud from the 1940s which threatened to rock the British botanical establishment. Professor J W Heslop Harrison claimed to have found some extraordinary plants on the Island of Rum in the Hebrides.

A recent study has revisited his work and given a new twist to an old tale.

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Julian Pettifer recalls a scientific fraud from the 1940s which threatened to rock the British botanical establishment. Professor J W Heslop Harrison claimed to have found some extraordinary plants on the Island of Rum in the Hebrides.

A recent study has revisited his work and given a new twist to an old tale.

20061121

Julian Pettifer recalls a scientific fraud from the 1940s which threatened to rock the British botanical establishment. Professor J W Heslop Harrison claimed to have found some extraordinary plants on the Island of Rum in the Hebrides.

A recent study has revisited his work and given a new twist to an old tale.

20061121

Julian Pettifer recalls a scientific fraud from the 1940s which threatened to rock the British botanical establishment. Professor J W Heslop Harrison claimed to have found some extraordinary plants on the Island of Rum in the Hebrides.

A recent study has revisited his work and given a new twist to an old tale.