Louis Agassiz

(Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz)

Louis Agassiz
Louis Agassiz
  • Born: May 28, 1807
  • Died: December 14, 1873
  • Nationality: Swiss
  • Profession: Scientist

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Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz was a Swiss-American biologist and geologist recognized as an innovative and prodigious scholar of Earth's natural history. Agassiz grew up in Switzerland, and he received Doctor of Philosophy and medical degrees at Erlangen and Munich, respectively. After studying with Cuvier and Humboldt in Paris, Agassiz was appointed professor of natural history at the University of Neuchâtel. After visiting Harvard University mid-career, he emigrated to the United States in 1847. He went on to become professor of zoology and geology at Harvard, to head its Lawrence Scientific School, and to found its Museum of Comparative Zoology.

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Every great scientific truth goes through three states: first, people say it conflicts with the Bible; next, they say it has been discovered before; lastly, they say they always believed it. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I cannot afford to waste my time making money. Time ;Money, Coins & Minting ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
In Brazil a decadence that results from cross-breeding which goes on in this country to a greater extent than elsewhere. This cross-breeding is fatal to the best qualities whether of the white man, the black, or the Indian, and produces an indescribable type whose physical and mental energy suffers. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
It must be for truth's sake, and not for the sake of its usefulness to humanity, that the scientific man studies Nature. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Philosophers and theologians have yet to learn that a physical fact is as sacred as a moral principle. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The combination in time and space of all these thoughtful conceptions exhibits not only thought. It shows also premeditation, power, wisdom, greatness, prescience, omniscience, providence. In one word, all these facts in their natural connection proclaim aloud the One God, whom man may know, adore, and love. Religion & God
The time has come when scientific truth must cease to be the property of the few, when it must be woven into the common life of the world. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The world has arisen in some way or another. How it originated is the great question, and Darwin's theory, like all other attempts to explain the origin of life, is thus far merely conjectural. I believe he has not even made the best conjecture possible in the present state of our knowledge. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Every scientific truth goes through three states: first, people say it conflicts with the Bible; next, they say it has been discovered before; lastly, they say they always believed it. Truth
Facts are stupid until brought into connection with some general law.
Study nature, not books. Nature
The glacier was God's great plough set at work ages ago to grind, furrow, and knead over, as it were, the surface of the earth. Religion & God ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The study of Nature is intercourse with the Highest Mind. You should never trifle with Nature. Nature

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