Nora Barlow
Emma Nora Barlow (22 December 1885 – December 1989) was the granddaughter of the British
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

Natural history
Natural history is the scientific research of plants or animals, leaning more towards observational rather than experimental methods of study, and encompasses more research published in magazines than in academic journals. Grouped among the natural sciences, natural history is the systematic study...

 Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin FRS was an English naturalist. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestry, and proposed the scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection.He published his theory...

, who edited and published previously unseen examples of her grandfather's work.


Nora, as she was known, was the daughter of the civil engineer Horace Darwin
Horace Darwin
Sir Horace Darwin, KBE, FRS , a son of the English naturalist Charles Darwin, was a civil engineer.Darwin was born in Down House in 1851, the fifth son and ninth child of the British naturalist Charles Darwin and his wife Emma, the youngest of their seven children that survived to adulthood.He was...

 and his wife Emma Farrer, daughter of Thomas Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Thomas Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer was an English civil servant and statistician.Farrer was the son of Thomas Farrer, a solicitor in Lincoln's Inn Fields. Born in London, he was educated at Eton College and Balliol College, Oxford, where he graduated in 1840...

. She married Alan Barlow
Alan Barlow
Sir James Alan Noel Barlow, 2nd Baronet GCB KBE FSA was a British civil servant and collector of Islamic and Chinese art.- Biography :...

, son of the Royal Physician Sir Thomas Barlow. They had six children:
  • Joan Helen Barlow (26 May 1912 – 21 February 1954)
  • Sir Thomas Erasmus Barlow
    Thomas Erasmus Barlow
    Commodore Sir Thomas Erasmus Barlow, 3rd Baronet DSC DL was an officer in the Royal Navy.- Biography :Barlow was the eldest son of the Sir Alan Barlow, 2nd Bt, and his wife Nora Darwin. His younger brother was the visual neuroscientist Horace Barlow...

    , 3rd Bt. (23 January 1914 – 12 October 2003), naval officer.
  • Erasmus Darwin Barlow
    Erasmus Darwin Barlow
    Erasmus Darwin Barlow FRCPsych FZS was a British psychiatrist, physiologist and businessman.Born in London in 1915, he was the second son of Sir Alan Barlow, son of Sir Thomas Barlow, royal physician. His mother was Lady Nora Barlow, daughter of Sir Horace Darwin. He was a great-grandson of the...

     (15 April 1915 – 2 August 2005)
  • Andrew Dalmahoy Barlow (16 September 1916 - 2006)
  • Hilda Horatia Barlow (b. 14 September 1919) married psychoanalyst John Hunter Padel; their daughter is the poet Ruth Padel
    Ruth Padel
    Ruth Sophia Padel is a British poet, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Zoological Society of London. She also writes non-fiction and more recently fiction, broadcasts on wildlife, poetry and literature for BBC Radio 3 and 4, and is Writer in Residence at The Environment Institute,...

  • Horace Basil Barlow (b. 8 December 1921)

She published an unexpurgated version of The Autobiography of Charles Darwin
The Autobiography of Charles Darwin
The Autobiography of Charles Darwin is the autobiography of the British naturalist Charles Darwin which was published in 1887, five years after his death....

, which had previously had personal and religious material removed by his son, Francis
Francis Darwin
Sir Francis "Frank" Darwin, FRS , a son of the British naturalist and scientist Charles Darwin, followed his father into botany.-Biography:Francis Darwin was born in Down House, Downe, Kent in 1848...

. She also edited several collections of letters and notes, including correspondence between Darwin and John Stevens Henslow
John Stevens Henslow
John Stevens Henslow was an English clergyman, botanist and geologist. He is best remembered as friend and mentor to his pupil Charles Darwin.- Early life :...

, his mentor.

The Columbine flower
Aquilegia is a genus of about 60-70 species of perennial plants that are found in meadows, woodlands, and at higher altitudes throughout the Northern Hemisphere, known for the spurred petals of their flowers.-Etymology:The genus name Aquilegia is derived from the Latin word for eagle , because...

 cultivar Aquilegia "Nora Barlow" is named after Barlow.

In Fiction

Nora Barlow appears as a supporting character in Scott Westerfeld's
Scott Westerfeld
Scott Westerfeld is an American author of science fiction. He was born in Texas and now divides his time between Sydney, Australia and New York City, USA.-Books:...

 2009 young-adult steampunk
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s. Steampunk involves a setting where steam power is still widely used—usually Victorian era Britain or "Wild West"-era United...

 novel Leviathan. In Westerfeld's alternate history, Barlow is a prominent genetic engineer and diplomat.

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