In my opinion the English naturalist John Ray, who died on 17th January 1705, should be much better known than he is. I explained why I think this in a post from November 2009, which you can read here.
If your philosophy of [scientific] history claims that the sequence should have been A→B→C, and it is C→A→B, then your philosophy of history is wrong. You have to take the data of history seriously.
John S. Wilkins 30th August 2009
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