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As the most prominent name associated with the theory of evolution, lots of resources have been created about Darwin himself.
Alfred Russel Wallace
Though less well-known than Darwin, Wallace independently developed his theory of evolution around the same time as Darwin, and the two corresponded and collaborated.
Linnaeus was a Swedish naturalist who created the nested hierarchy classification system used by scientists today.
Mary Anning was an early paleontologist and fossil expert.
Gregor Mendel was a monk in today's Czech Republic who is recognized as the father of modern genetics.
Dobzhansky developed the "evolutionary synthesis," the bridge between Mendelian genetics and Darwinian evolution.
Franklin, Crick, and Watson
James Watson and Francis Crick were the first scientists to accurately describe the double helix structure of DNA, using Rosalind Franklin's images of DNA. Unfortunately, Franklin died before Watson and Crick (with Maurice Wilkins) were awarded the Nobel Prize for their discovery in 1962.
Stephen Gould and Niles Eldredge
Gould and Eldredge developed the theory of punctuated equilibrium, in which species exhibit little to no change over a long period of time, then have a burst of rapid evolutionary changes in a relatively short period.
Sean B. Carroll
Sean B. Carroll is a leader in the field of evolutionary developmental biology, or "evo devo."
In addition to the person-specific resources listed on this page, these databases are great sources for biographical and general information.
A selection of works by some of the seminal figures in the field of evolution:
The Works of Charles Darwin by
Publication Date: 1987-11-01
The first volume of this series includes Darwin's Diary of the Voyage of the H.M.S. Beagle, a record of his journey around the world as the naturalist on the H.M.S. Beagle.
Genetics and the Origin of Species by
"Genetics and the Origin of Species" presents the first edition of Dobzhansky's groundbreaking and now classic inquiry into what has emerged as the most important single area of scientific inquiry in the twentieth century: biological theory of evolution.
The Double Helix by
Published to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Nobel Prize for Watson and Crick's discovery of the structure of DNA, an annotated and illustrated edition of this classic book gives new insights into the personal relationships between James Watson, Frances Crick, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin, and the making of a scientific revolution.
Endless Forms Most Beautiful by
Evo Devo--Evolutionary Developmental Biology--is the new science that has finally cracked open the box. Within the pages of his rich and riveting book, Sean B. Carroll explains how we are discovering that complex life is ironically much simpler than anyone ever expected.