Remarkable Biologists: From Ray to Hamilton

Remarkable Biologists: From Ray to Hamilton

by Ioan James
     
 

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

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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 are kept to a minimum, inviting any reader interested in biology to follow this easy path through the subject's modern development.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521875899
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/22/2009
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Prologue ix

1 From Ray to Leeuwenhoek 1

John Ray (1627-1705) 1

Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) 4

Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753) 7

Antony van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723) 11

2 From de Reaumur to Hunter 15

Rene-Antoine Ferchault de Reaumur (1683-1757) 15

Georges-Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon (1707-1788) 19

Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) 23

John Hunter (1728-1793) 27

3 From Banks to Humboldt 31

Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820) 31

Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck (1744-1829) 35

Georges Cuvier (1769-1832) 39

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) 46

4 From Geoffroy to Hooker 53

Etienne Geoffroy de Saint-Hilaire (1772-1844) 53

Robert Brown (1773-1858) 57

John James Audubon (1785-1851) 63

Sir William Hooker (1785-1865) 67

5 From Gould to Darwin 70

John Gould (1804-1881) 70

Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892) 75

Louis Agassiz (1807-1873) 79

Charles Darwin (1809-1882) 88

6 From Gray to Galton 94

Asa Gray (1810-1888) 94

Sir Joseph Hooker (1817-1911) 96

Richard Spruce (1817-1893) 99

Sir Francis Galton (1822-1911) 102

7 From Mendel to Potter 108

Gregor Mendel (1822-1884) 108

Alfred Wallace (1823-1913) 111

Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895) 124

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) 131

8 From Fisher to Hirohito of Japan 136

Sir Ronald Fisher (1890-1962) 136

John Burdon Sanderson Haldane (1892-1964) 140

Alfred Kinsey (1894-1956) 145

Dame Honor Fell (1900-1986) 150

Emperor Hirohito of Japan (1901-1989) 152

9 From McClintock to Hamilton 155

Barbara McClintock (1902-1992) 155

Nikolaas Tinbergen (1907-1988) 158

Rachel Carson (1907-1964) 162

Francis Crick (1916-2004) 165

William Hamilton (1936-2000) 168

Epilogue 172

Bibliography 176

ImageCredits 183

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