David A. West (1933-2015) was associate professor emeritus of biological sciences at Virginia Tech and the author of Fritz M ller: A Naturalist in Brazil.
This fine biography of Fritz Muller (1821-97) explains how he helped Darwin shape his ideas on mimicry. . . . Ideal for students of natural history, historians of science, and other scholars. --Choice A treasure trove of information for anyone interested in the development of the theory of natural selection. --Isis Situates Muller's research at the cutting edge of nineteenth-century natural science. Muller emerges here . . . as an essential figure in an active and collaborative scientific network. --Quarterly Review of Biology The depth and scope of research on this singular figure is impressive. --H-Net Offers an unfiltered view into science of the mid-nineteenth century, when evolutionary theory had its origins. West makes this world tangible, with all of its pleasures and challenges. . . . This book is a wonderful addition to the library of any evolutionary biologist or natural historian and is a pleasant foray into the lives of nineteenth-century naturalists. --American Entomologist Drawing on Alfred Moeller's monumental work, Fritz Muller: Werke, Briefe und Leben, published between 1915 and 1920, West's book opens up this rich source of material for non-German speakers, but it also reveals much that is new. . . . West details all the different areas of Muller's research and important discoveries with admirable thoroughness. --Luso-Brazilian Review