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Mid: Naturalists Rejecting Darwin’s Theory – Richard BellonDate:
October 8, 2009
Michigan State University
220 Trowbridge Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824 United States
Richard Bellon, PhD, will speak about the theories of the naturalists who believed that Darwin’s theory of evolution was not revolutionary, nor was his publication of the Origin of Species. These naturalists believed that no revolution took place in 1858, at least not by the standards of Victorian naturalists (including Darwin himself). The Origin of Species did spark a revolution, but according to these naturalists, it only occurred when Darwin and his allies tied its theory to productive modes of original investigation. His groundbreaking work on fertilization mechanisms in plants, the first explicit post-Origin merging of evolutionary theory with natural history practice, was what revolutionized the scientific debate over species origin.
Free parking is available in MSU Parking Ramp 6 after 6 pm.
About Richard Bellon, PhD
Associate Professor of History, Michigan State University
Richard Bellon teaches history of science and science policy at Michigan State University. He has written extensively on the connection between science, politics, and social change in Britain from 1830 to 1870. He is author of A Sincere and Teachable Heart: Self-Denying Virtue in British Intellectual Life, 1736-1859 and his article “Inspiration in the Harness of Daily Labor: Darwin, Botany, and the Triumph of Evolution, 1859-1868” received the History of Science Society’s 2013 Derek Price/Rod Webster Prize for excellence in a research article published in the journal Isis. His current research project focuses on the history of American biology from the 1890s to the end of World War II. Connect with Professor Bellon on Twitter: @RichBellon.