Darwin-L Message Log 3:4 (November 1993)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<3:4>From DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu  Mon Nov  1 09:53:04 1993

Date: Mon, 01 Nov 1993 10:59:06 -0400 (EDT)
From: DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu
Subject: November 1 -- Today in the Historical Sciences
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Organization: University of NC at Greensboro


1793 (200 years ago today): JOHANN FRIEDRICH ESCHSCHOLTZ is born at Dorpat,
now Tartu, Estonia.  Following education at Dorpat University, now Tartu
University, Eschscholtz will serve as naturalist and physician on Kotzebue's
voyages around the world from 1815 to 1818.  His specimens from the voyage
will be given to Dorpat University, and he will become curator of the Dorpat
zoological collections in 1822.

1865: JOHN LINDLEY dies at Turnham Green, Middlesex, England.  One of the
most active botanical researchers, editors, artists, and administrators of the
nineteenth cenury, Lindley had specialized in the systematics of orchids, and
had published an _Introduction to the Natural System of Botany_ in 1830.  The
characters of plants, he wrote, are "the living Hieroglyphics of the Almighty
which the skill of man is permitted to interpret.  The key to their meaning
lies enveloped in the folds of the Natural System."

1880: ALFRED LOTHAR WEGENER is born in Berlin.  In 1912 he will read a paper
titled Die Herausbildung der Grossformen der Erdrinde (Kontinente und Ozeane)
auf geophysikalischer Grundlage [The geophysical basis of the evolution of
large-scale features of the earth's crust] before the Geological Association
of Frankfurt am Main.  It will be expanded in 1915 into _Die Entstehung der
Kontinente und Ozeane_ [_The Origin of Continents and Oceans_], the first
comprehensive account of the theory of continental drift.  On this day in
1930, his fiftieth birthday, while on an expedition to Greenland, Wegener
will leave his base camp for the western coast and will not be seen again.

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