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Ch 33: Famous Biologists and Their Impact on Society

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This course focuses on major biologists and their influence on society, which you'll be asked about in the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) Biology exam.

Famous Biologists and Their Impact on Society - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will study famous biologists and their major contributions to science and society as measured by the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exam. Designed for high school students, this course clearly presents the achievements of each biologist and discusses the importance of their influence in our world. In addition to the scientists who contributed to topics such as DNA and Cell Theory, the main biologists covered in this course include:

  • Anton Van Leeuwenhoek
  • Carolus Linnaeus
  • Gregor Mendel
  • Charles Darwin
  • Louis Pasteur
  • Robert Koch

This chapter serves as an overview of major theories involved in biologic science. Study.com uses engaging study methods that focus on specific subjects to make the learning experience faster and easier. This guide provides a clear explanation of each contribution and situates it in a broader context to better understand the importance of renowned biologists and how their work has helped shape our world.

10 Lessons in Chapter 33: Famous Biologists and Their Impact on Society
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Major Contributors to Cell Theory

1. Major Contributors to Cell Theory

The idea that all living things are made up of cells which can only come from other living cells, is known as cell theory. In this lesson, we take a look at the scientists who helped to further its understanding.

Anton Van Leeuwenhoek: Biography, Cell Theory & Discoveries

2. Anton Van Leeuwenhoek: Biography, Cell Theory & Discoveries

Anton Van Leeuwenhoek, the 'Father of Microbiology,' so improved the quality of the microscope that some people still think he invented the instrument. In this lesson, we'll learn more about this self-taught scientist, including some of his important discoveries and unique way of presenting his work.

Carolus Linnaeus: Classification, Taxonomy & Contributions to Biology

3. Carolus Linnaeus: Classification, Taxonomy & Contributions to Biology

There are millions of species on Earth. How can we name and organize all of them without getting confused? We use a system developed in the 1700s by Carolus Linnaeus. Learn more about him and his contributions in this lesson.

Gregor Mendel: Biography, Facts & Timeline

4. Gregor Mendel: Biography, Facts & Timeline

Have you ever wondered how you ended up with eyes like your mother and a nose like your father? Gregor Mendel wondered about inherited traits too over a century ago. In this lesson, you will learn about Gregor Mendel and the important contributions he made to the field of genetics.

Darwin's Theory of Natural Selection: Overview

5. Darwin's Theory of Natural Selection: Overview

In this lesson, you'll be introduced to Charles Darwin and his theory of natural selection. You'll also learn a bit about how his ideas impacted science, popular understandings of human origins, and the debate his theories have sparked.

Louis Pasteur: Experiments, Contribution & Theory

6. Louis Pasteur: Experiments, Contribution & Theory

Did you know it was once believed that non-living things, like grain, could produce living things like mice? This idea was widely held until the mid-1890s! Louis Pasteur finally disproved this theory, and this lesson will tell you how.

Scientist Robert Koch: Biography & Facts

7. Scientist Robert Koch: Biography & Facts

Robert Koch (1843 - 1910) was a German physician and scientist who won the Nobel Prize for his microbiological work on tuberculosis. He also established many foundational techniques for microbiology, some of which are still used today. In this lesson, learn more about this innovative scientist.

Watson & Crick Model of DNA

8. Watson & Crick Model of DNA

This lesson will review the Watson & Crick model of DNA and how it applies to our understanding of genetic material. By the end you will understand what Watson and Crick discovered and explain what its structure looks like.

How Science Has Changed Society

9. How Science Has Changed Society

Without science, our modern world just wouldn't be the same. The way we travel, shop, learn, socialize, eat, work, and play is possible because of scientific influences and innovations. Take a look around, and you'll see science pretty much everywhere!

How Scientific Discoveries Can Cause People to Change Their Beliefs

10. How Scientific Discoveries Can Cause People to Change Their Beliefs

Personal beliefs are one thing that people hold to very tightly. However, over time, with enough scientific evidence, a critical eye and consistent experiments, science can and does change people's beliefs in ways that simple observations cannot.

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