William Charles Wells

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1757 – 1817

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Who was William Charles Wells?

William Charles Wells FRS FRSEd, was a Scottish-American physician and printer. He lived a life of extraordinary variety, did some notable medical research, and made the first clear statement about natural selection. He applied the idea to the origin of different skin colours in human races, and from the context it seems he thought it might be applied more widely. Charles Darwin said: "[Wells] distinctly recognises the principle of natural selection, and this is the first recognition which has been indicated".

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Born
1757
Charleston
Education
  • University of Edinburgh
Died
1817

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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