College of Science celebrates Darwin Day with guest lecture honoring famed scientist
CLEMSON — William Kimler, an associate professor of history at North Carolina State University, will speak on campus about Charles Darwin and his vast contributions to holistic sciences. Kimler’s talk will focus on the global natural history fields that were emerging in the mid-1800s, while highlighting the innovation Darwin brought to ecology and evolution.
His lecture titled “Darwin and the origins of holistic science” will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, in 100 Hardin Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Kimler’s lecture commemorates the 211th birthday of English naturalist Charles Darwin, whose theory of evolution by natural selection explains the diversity and complexity of life on Earth. The College of Science plans to continue to sponsor lectures celebrating Darwin’s birthday in subsequent years.
Originally educated as a biologist, Kimler worked as a field ecologist in industry before earning his doctorate in evolutionary biology from Cornell University in 1983. He later became a National Science Foundation NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Leeds, where he studied the history of genetics and ecology in 20th century Britain.
Kimler is a member of the NC State Academy of Outstanding Teachers, and a recipient of the 2001 NC State University Outstanding Teacher of the Year award and the 2006 Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor award.