Linda Hall Library
Science Engineering Technology

John Scopes

John T. Scopes, an American schoolteacher, was born Aug. 3, 1900. Scopes got a job coaching the high-school football team in Dayton, Tennessee, and like many coaches, he was required to teach some science courses as well. In May of 1925, a delegation of Dayton town fathers asked Scopes if he would agree to be arrested and put on trial for violating the Butler Act recently passed by the state of Tennessee…

Jean-Baptiste Lamarck

Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, a French botanist and invertebrate zoologist, was born Aug. 1, 1744. Lamarck is a favorite counter-example to the claim that scientists do their best work by the age of 30. Lamarck got the opportunity to found the discipline of invertebrate...