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Ivan I. Schmalhausen (1884–1963)

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Ivan I. Schmalhausen (1884–1963) was a Ukrainian geneticist and zoologist nowadays recognized as a central figure in the development of the modern evolutionary synthesis. He studied with Alexey Nikolaevich Severtsov, a leading biologist and the founder of the Russian school of evolutionary morphology, who made relevant contributions in the field of comparative anatomy. Following Severtsov’s teaching, Schmalhausen became an expert in evolutionary morphology of animals and directed his attention towards experimental zoology.

Author of over 150 scientific papers on the study of patterns of growth, correlation, and evolutionary theories, his most important book, Factors of Evolution, was published in Russia in 1947 and translated into English in 1949 with a foreword by Theodosius Dobzhansky.

At the core of Schmalhausen’s scientific production is the theory of the organism as a whole and the notion of stabilizing selection, which places his work next to that of the British biologist Conrad Waddington. Schmalhausen has been the recipient of several scientific awards and appointed member of both the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences (1922) and the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (1935).

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Rispoli, G., D’Abramo, F. (2019). Ivan I. Schmalhausen (1884–1963). In: Nuno de la Rosa, L., Müller, G. (eds) Evolutionary Developmental Biology. Springer, Cham.

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