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.
- A.B., Franklin College, University of Georgia, 1841
- M.D., College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, 1843-1845
- Medical practice, Macon, Georgia, 1847-1850
- S.B., Lawrence Scientific School, Harvard University, 1850-1851
- Professor of science, Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, 1852-1853
- Professor of natural history, Franklin College, 1853-1856
- Professor of chemistry and geology, College of South Carolina, 1857-1861, 1866-1869
- Chemist, Niter and Mining Bureau, Confederate States of America, 1862-1865
- Professor of geology and natural history, University of California, 1869-1901
- Elements of Geology (1875)
- "On critical periods in the history of the Earth and their relation to evolution, and on the Quaternary as such a period." Amer. J. Sci. 114:99-114
- Evolution: its Nature, its Evidences and its Relation to Religious Thought. (1899)
- Outlines of the Comparative Physiology and Morphology of Animals (1900)
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