Paul Kammerer Papers, 1910-1972 1910-1972

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Paul Kammerer Papers, 1910-1972 1910-1972

The Austrian biologist Paul Kammerer was an outspoken proponent of the theory of inheritance of acquired characteristics (Lamarckism) during the time in which Mendelian theory was becoming deeply entrenched in biology. His major research efforts, straddling the First World War, centered on experiments performed on salamanders and on the midwife toad, and seemed to provide empirical support for a Lamarckian mechanism in evolution. He also developed a monistic "law of seriality," in which he attempted to explain coincidence as the product of a higher order natural law. A Socialist, Kammerer was widely regarded as a brilliant scientist, but for scientific, personal, and political reasons, he engendered as much antagonism as support, preventing him from ever obtaining a regular university appointment. His career ended tragically in allegations of fraud, followed by his suicide. The Kammerer Papers is comprised of photocopies of materials that document the brief, but controversial career of a non-Darwinian evolutionary biologist. The bulk of the collection consists of photocopies of articles by Kammerer, often from obscure newspapers or periodicals, along with a small number of letters to his friend Hugo Iltis, the geneticist and biographer of Mendel. Nearly all of these pertain to the Kammerer's experiments with amphibians to test Lamarckian inheritance or to his other biological theories. The collection also includes a small number of items dating from after Kammerer's death, but relating to his life and work, including two letters from his former supervisor Hans Przibram, a letter from Hugh Iltis (Hugo's son) to Arthur Koestler and the reply, and a brief biographical reminiscence of Kammerer written by Hugo Iltis.

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Bernfeld, Anne

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Koestler, Arthur, 1905-1983

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Kammerer, Paul, 1880-1926

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Dunn, L. C. (Leslie Clarence), 1893-1974

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Geneticist. From the description of Reminiscences of Leslie Clarence Dunn : oral history, 1960. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309732431 Leslie C. Dunn was a geneticist. From the description of Papers, [ca. 1920]-1974. (American Philosophical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 122523491 Papers of James V. Neel, pioneering human population geneticist and professor in the Department of Human Genetics, Uni...

Przibram, Hans, 1874-1944

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Hahn, Arnold.

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Iltis, Hugo, 1882-

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Iltis, Hugh H.

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Iltis, Hugo, 1882-

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Przibram, Karl, 1878-

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Przibram (1878-1973). Major affiliations include: Universita╠łt Wien, Vienna, Austria, 1927-1938; 1950-. From the description of Papers. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80830884 Professor of Physics, Vienna University. From the description of Correspondence with Sir D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson, 1913-1948. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 86123385 ...

Koestler, Arthur, 1905-1983

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Molish, Hans(?)

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