Joseph Le Conte (1823-1901)

Physiologist and geologist. Converted to evolution in 1873 and later became a neo-Lamarckian, arguing that the theory justified social policies that would lead to the betterment of mankind. He was more willing to grant a role to selection than other neo-Lamarckians. Le Conte did field work with James Hall (1851) and knew many leading mid-century American naturalists, including S. F. Baird, J. D. Dana, etc. Like David Starr Jordan, Le Conte was involved in running John Muir's Sierra Club around the turn of the century. Cousin of the entomologist John Le Conte and brother of the chemist John Le Conte.

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