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This Week in History
Anniversaries of momentous events in atheism, science, skepticism, secularism and human rights, plundered shamelessly from Wikipedia and other sources.
1860: The 1860 Oxford evolution debate at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History takes place.
1905: Albert Einstein publishes the article On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies, in which he introduces special relativity.
1858: Joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace's papers on evolution to the Linnean Society.
1687: Isaac Newton publishes PhilosophiÃ¦ Naturalis Principia Mathematica.
1907: Norman Pirie (d. 1997) English biochemist and virologist. Co-discoverer in 1936 of viral crystallization, an important milestone in understanding DNA and RNA.
1980: Ariane Sherine. English comedy writer and journalist. She created the UK version of the Atheist Bus Campaign, which ran in January 2009.
1922: Emile Zuckerkandl. Austrian-American biologist considered one of the founders of the field of molecular evolution. He is best known for introducing, with Linus Pauling, the concept of the molecular clock, which set the stage for the neutral theory of molecular evolution.
Ernst Mayr (d. 2005). German-American biologist. He was one of the 20th century's leading evolutionary biologists. He was also a renowned taxonomist, tropical explorer, ornithologist, and historian of science. His work contributed to the conceptual revolution that led to the modern evolutionary synthesis of Mendelian genetics, systematics, and Darwinian evolution, and to the development of the biological species concept.