Henri Milne-Edwards (1800 - 1885)

"brute matter cannot organize itself in such a way as to form an animal or plant... life force has been passed on successively through an uninterrupted chain of being since creation." (1859)

French biologist. Milne-Edwards lent political and scientific support to Pasteur during the Pasteur-Pouchet debate on spontaneous generation, which had a chilling effect on French evolutionary research for decades.

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