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The Spike or Victoria University College Review June 1925

Dr. Lotsy's Visit

Dr. Lotsy's Visit

The visit of Dr. J. P. Lotsy to New Zealand and his course of lectures in this College last term served to bring into direct contact with us one of the leading thinkers of the day. A native of Holland—that cradle of famous scientists—Dr. Lotsy was already a botanist of wide repute when, in 1916, he enunciated the theory set forth in his book "Evolution by means of Hybridisation." This aspect of his work is not only of the highest scientific import, but it is of immediate practical use in the breeding of plants and animals. To read his book is an interesting, even absorbing, experience; to hear his work from the man's own lips was inspiring. Dr. Lotsy proved to be no dry savant, but a genial, human fellow, with a splendid command of English and a ready fund of humour. Whether or not his theory be proved, it matters little; the real benefit comes from the fresh angle of view and the stimulus given by the unorthodox.