What scientist was born on today's date?

August 14

Charles Naudin (Botany)
Birthday 1815: Autun, France
Charles Naudin taught botany in France in 1844. Two years later he became stone deaf and gave up teaching to do taxonomic studies. In 1852 he suggested that hybridization might play a part in evolution. Between 1854 and 1864 he grew several generations of hybrids to test his theories but his techniques were inferior to the still generally unknown work by Gregor Mendel (July 22) and his results were ultimately less useful.

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