Joined: Oct. 2005
|Quote (Dr.GH @ Oct. 19 2009,01:14)|
|OK. This is rather weird. The names I struck out are those I cannot place in my recollection with anything. Of the others, I can at least fix a particular topic, book or what-have-you. Some I have even lectured on, or corresponded with.|
Sergei Chetverikov, Ivan Pavlov, R. A. Fisher, J. B. S. Haldane, Sewall Wright, E. B. Ford, Theodosious Dobzhansky, G. Evelyn Hutchinson, George Gaylord Simpson, G. Ledyard Stebbins, Ernst Mayr, William D. Hamilton, Robert L. Trivers, George R. Price, Robert MacArthur, Edward O. Wilson, Lynn Margulis, Robert H. Whitaker, Carl Woese, Konrad Lorenz, Niko Tinbergen, Karl von Frisch, Erenhaus Eibl-Eibesfeld, or the Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium Law, much less Otto Schindewolf, Richard Goldschmidt, or C. H. Waddington. Anyone familiar with the general outlines of evolutionary biology would instantly recognize most or all of these names, and would associate them with various important aspects of evolutionary biology as it has evolved over the past century. Not recognizing them or discussing their contributions to modern evolutionary biology is equivalent to not recognizing or discussing the contributions of Rutherford, Bohr, Schroedinger, Heisenberg, Michaelson & Morley, Einstein, Feinman, Gell-Mann, Weinberg, or Guth to modern physics.
I don't know if I stack up too well. 68% of biologists and 100% of phycists?
Allen is also a biologist, so he's probably biased towards the physicists who are well known outside the field.
A couple of his examples are better known as ecologists rather than evolutionary biologists (e.g. Hutchinson, MacArthur). And if you haven't heard of Schindewolf, track down JAD and ask him to educate you. I'm also shocked that you've heard of Price, but not Bill Hamilton or Trivers.
It is fun to dip into the various threads to watch cluelessness at work in the hands of the confident exponent. - Soapy Sam (so say we all)