Jean Gayon: historian and philosopher of biology

November 2015

Jean Gayon (1949-2018), expert in evolutionary biology, died on April 28 of this year, after a long illness. In the guest editor’s note of the latest issue of HCSM (vol. 25 no.3 July/Sept. 2018), Gustavo Caponi, Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, highlights Gayon’s life and work.

According to Caponi, Gayon  made a crucial contribution to the understanding of the development and conceptual structure of the theory of natural selection, especially as regards the relationship between the new synthesis and the positions of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. Read the full note!

Jean Gayon, historian and philosopher of biology (Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, June 15, 1940 – Paris, April 28, 2018). Image Source: Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, The University of British Columbia.

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Wallace Letters Online – In this collection, the Natural History Museum of London gathered over 5,000 letters to and from the British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace.

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