On Clair Patterson

Name not withstanding, Clair Patterson was an Iowa farm boy by origin. He also happened to do some of the most important work in geology since Charles Lyell.

But who has ever heard of Clair Patterson?

~Bill Bryson

Darwin and Lyell

On Charles Lyell, that most eminent of 19th century scientists…

I never forget that almost everything which I have done in science I owe to the study of his great works. Well, he has had a grand and happy career, and no one ever worked with a truer zeal in a noble cause.

~Charles Darwin