Charles Darwin

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About Charles Darwin

Father of evolutionary science whose 1859 book The Origin of Species first introduced the concept of natural selection. His theories, which helped support evolution, made him a controversial figure.

Early life

He learned the art of taxidermy from a freed black slave before studying at Christ’s College in Cambridge.

Trivia

While studying the adaptations of Galapagos Island finches during a five-year voyage on the HMS Beagle, he came to discover signs of evolution.

Family of Charles Darwin

He had ten children with his wife Emma Wedgwood, whom he married in 1859. She was also his cousin.

Close associates of Charles Darwin

He was close friends with scientist Charles Lyell.

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Audrey Smith

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About Audrey Smith

Cryobiologist credited with being the first scientist to use glycerol to protect red blood cells during the freezing process. Her work also contributed heavily to advancements in animal breeding and husbandry.

Early life

She graduated from King’s College, London and the Bedford College for Women, where she received first class honors.

Trivia

She won the Kamerlingh Onnes Medal for her achievements in the field of refrigeration technology in 1973.

Family of Audrey Smith

Her father, Alan, worked for the Indian Civil Service.

Close associates of Audrey Smith

She and biologist Peter Medawar both worked at the National Institute for Medical Research in London.

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Alexandre Quintanilha

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About Alexandre Quintanilha

The former director of the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Porto. He spent much of his career working in the biology department of the University of California, Berkeley.

Early life

He studied Theoretical Physics in South Africa and received his Ph.D. in 1972 from the University of Paris.

Trivia

He and his partner, journalist Richard Zimler, were married in 2010 when same-sex marriage was legalized in Portugal.

Family of Alexandre Quintanilha

His father was also a prominent scientist and one of the first to study fungi.

Close associates of Alexandre Quintanilha

He worked at the University of California, Berkeley for almost 18 years, the same school from which philosopher Richard Montague graduated.

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Temple Grandin

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About Temple Grandin

Professor of animal science and advocate for better conditions for livestock. One of the first public figures to discuss her diagnosis with autism, she created the “hug box,” a device to calm autistic children. 

Early life

She was diagnosed with autism when she was two and went on to attain her doctorate degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Trivia

She is a best-selling author on the subject of animal welfare, and in 2010 she was listed in the Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world in the “Heroes” category.

Family of Temple Grandin

Her mother, Eustacia Cutler, published a very controversial article on The Daily Beast linking autistic men with the use of X-rated child films.

Close associates of Temple Grandin

Claire Danes played her in a somewhat biographical HBO film.

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