Remarkable Biologists: From Ray to Hamilton

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $4.00
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 92%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (15) from $4.00   
  • New (8) from $10.00   
  • Used (7) from $4.00   


Following on from the success of his two previous books, Remarkable Mathematicians and Remarkable Physicists, Ioan James now profiles 38 remarkable biologists from the last 400 years. The emphasis is on their varied life-stories, not on the details of their achievements, but when read in sequence their biographies, which are organised chronologically, convey in human terms something of the way in which biology has developed over the years. Scientific and biological detail is kept to a minimum, inviting any reader interested in biology to follow this easy path through the subject’s modern development.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"... an easy and enjoyable read. The intent of the book is not to detail the science, but rather give the reader some sense of who these people were, what sorts of lives they led, etc. In this regard, the author has done an admirable job."
Robert E. Marra for Inoculum

"... A reader will be found in possession of a veritable sweet tooth and be rewarded by these tiny spoonfuls of history. If so, he should thank the author before diving into deeper, more glorious still waters."
Oren Harman, BioScience

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521699181
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/22/2009
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ioan James is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and has had a distinguished career as a research mathematician. In recent years he has become interested in the history and development of scientific disciplines and the scientists involved. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1968.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

1. John Ray 1627–1705, Maria Sibylla Merian 1647–1717, Sir Hans Sloane 1660–1753, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek 1632–1723; 2. René-Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur 1683–1757, Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon 1707–1788, Carolus Linnaeus 1707–1778, John Hunter 1728–1793; 3. Sir Joseph Banks 1743–1820, Jean Baptiste Lamarck 1744–1829, Georges Cuvier 1769–1832, Alexander von Humboldt 1769–1859; 4. Robert Brown 1773–1858, John James Audubon 1785–1851, Sir William Hooker 1785–1865, Geoffroy de Saint-Hilaire 1799–1853; 5. John Gould 1804–1880, Sir Richard Owen 1804–1892, Louis Agassiz 1807–1873, Charles Darwin 1809–1882; 6. Asa Gray 1810–1888, Sir Joseph Hooker 1817–1911, Richard Spruce 1817–1893, Sir Francis Galton 1822–1911; 7. Gregor Mendel 1822–1884, Thomas Henry Huxley 1825–1895, Beatrix Potter 1866–1943; 8. Sir Ronald Fisher 1890–1962, John Burdon Sanderson Haldane 1892–1964, Alfred Kinsey 1894–1956, Dame Honor Fell 1900–1952, Emperor Hirohito of Japan 1901–1989; 9. Barbara McClintock 1902–1992, Nikolaas Tinbergen 1907–1988, Rachel Carson 1907–1964, Francis Crick 1916–2005, William Hamilton 1936–2000.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)