J. B. S. Haldane: the John Innes Years

J B S Haldane worked part-time at the John Innes Horticultural Institution in Merton in Surrey, a London suburb, from 1927 to 1937. His appointment has been discussed in several biographical accounts. This article argues for closer scrutiny of this decade in Haldane's life, a transitional time for JBS. The development of Haldane's scientific ideas, his politics, and the model for his planned research in India, are all shown to have been influenced by his John Innes years