Darwin-L Message Log 3:43 (November 1993)

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<3:43>From DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu  Sun Nov  7 13:41:51 1993

Date: Sun, 07 Nov 1993 14:48:51 -0400 (EDT)
From: DARWIN@iris.uncg.edu
Subject: November 7 -- Today in the Historical Sciences
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Organization: University of NC at Greensboro


1817: JEAN ANDRE DELUC dies at Windsor, England.  Born in Geneva in 1727,
Deluc had emigrated to England following a business failure in 1773.  A
Biblical geologist, he had published many works that attempted to demonstrate
"the conformity of geological monuments with the sublime account of that
series of the operations which took place during the Six days, or periods
of time, recorded by the inspired penman."

1913 (80 years ago today): ALFRED RUSSEL WALLACE dies at Broadstone, Dorset,
England.  Co-discoverer with Charles Darwin of the principle of natural
selection, Wallace had been an extensive traveller and a prolific writer on
topics ranging from evolution and spiritualism to astronomy and vaccination.
His most enduring work will be his several volumes on historical biogeography:
"If we take the organic productions of a small island, or of any very limited
tract of country, such as a moderate-sized country parish, we have, in their
relations and affinities -- in the fact that they are _there_ and others are
_not_ there, a problem which involves all the migrations of these species and
their ancestral forms -- all the vicissitudes of climate and all the changes
of sea and land which have affected those migrations -- the whole series of
actions and reactions which have determined the preservation of some forms and
the extinction of others, -- in fact the whole history of the earth, inorganic
and organic, throughout a large portion of geological time."  (_Island Life_,
second edition, 1892.)

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