Julian Stanley Kenny, 24 January, 1929 – 9 August, 2011: An Appreciation

E. Julian Duncan


Julian Stanley Kenny made his first appearance in our time and space on 27 January, 1930, the 3rd of 7 children born to Anthony and Louise Kenny. The opening line of a popular song states, “It only takes a spark to get a fire going.” To a young lad who had traditionally thought that all plants grew from the soil, an orchid plant growing on a piece of tree trunk sparked  a curiosity in living things; a curiosity that developed into a fire of inquiry into the workings of the natural world around him, a curiosity that was to be one of his distinguishing characteristics.

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