19 Overlooked Scientists

Scientists and inventors don’t have to be household names to have had a meaningful impact on the world. Take Alfred Lewis Wallace, who developed the idea of evolution by natural selection at the same time as Charles Darwin. In 1858, both of them presented papers on the subject to the Linnean Society of London, the world’s oldest, active biological organization. Then Darwin published On the Origin of Species in 1859 and everybody forgot about Wallace. This episode of “The List Show” on Mental Floss shares the contributions of 19 scientists who have been overlooked for too long.

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