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LOUIS AGASSIZ - SIGNATURE(S) - HFSID 223475

 
LOUIS AGASSIZ
Signature of scientist Louis Agassiz, mounted on a printed autograph card
Signature: "L Aggasiz". Pencil notations on verso of autograph card in unknown hand. 2¾x1¼, mounted to a 5x2¾ printed autograph card. Born in French-speaking Switzerland and educated at European universities, Agassiz (1807-1873) accepted a Professorship at Harvard (1848) and spent the rest of his life promoting American science. He made highly influential studies of fossil fish and glaciers, coining the term "Ice Age" to describe an ancient era of extensive glaciation. Although his fossil studies were used by others to support Darwin's Theory of Evolution, Agassiz never accepted that doctrine. He espoused catastrophism, believing that new species emerged after such upheavals, and defined a species as "a thought of God". Lightly toned and stained. Show-through from mounting remnants and paper loss on verso of card (does not touch signature). Otherwise in fine condition.


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LOUIS AGASSIZ
Born: May 28, 1807
Died: December 12, 1873



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