David Lack

1910 - 1973

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David Lambert Lack FRS (16 July 1910 – 12 March 1973) was a British evolutionary biologist who made contributions to ornithology, ecology, and ethology. His 1947 book, Darwin's Finches, on the finches of the Galapagos Islands was a landmark work as were his other popular science books on Life of the Robin and Swifts in a Tower. He developed what is now known as Lack's Principle which explained the evolution of avian clutch sizes in terms of individual selection as opposed to the competing contemporary idea that they had evolved for the benefit of species (also known as group selection). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of David Lack has received more than 49,788 page views. His biography is available in 15 different languages on Wikipedia. David Lack is the 799th most popular biologist, the 4,477th most popular biography from United Kingdom and the 140th most popular British Biologist.

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Among biologists, David Lack ranks 799 out of 844Before him are Charles Wallace Richmond, Elliott Coues, Anne McLaren, Lancelot Hogben, Thomas Pennant, and Charles B. Cory. After him are John Bartram, Walter Munk, Wilfred Hudson Osgood, Franz Xaver von Wulfen, Peter Watts, and Edward Lhuyd.

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Among people born in 1910, David Lack ranks 288Before him are Nathan Jacobson, Lucky Dube, Jack Lovelock, John Hunt, Baron Hunt, Dolly Haas, and Mae Clarke. After him are Vere Bird, Govan Mbeki, Bill Pickering, Tyrus Wong, Steven S. DeKnight, and Irene Sharaff. Among people deceased in 1973, David Lack ranks 216Before him are Joe E. Brown, Hans Haas, J. Carrol Naish, Lila Lee, Tim Holt, and Arthur Fadden. After him are Walt Kelly, Glenn Strange, A. Edward Sutherland, Crane Wilbur, Maggie Laubser, and Rufino Santos.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, David Lack ranks 4,477 out of 6,924Before him are Teddy Sinclair (1986), Tommy Steele (1936), Brian Jacques (1939), Charles Portal, 1st Viscount Portal of Hungerford (1893), John Byrne (1950), and Martin Fowler (1963). After him are Gina McKee (1964), Alex Garland (1970), Iain Pears (1955), China Miéville (1972), Victor d'Arcy (1887), and David Kelly (1944).

Among BIOLOGISTS In United Kingdom

Among biologists born in United Kingdom, David Lack ranks 140Before him are William Kirby (1759), Mark Catesby (1683), John Claudius Loudon (1783), Anne McLaren (1927), Lancelot Hogben (1895), and Thomas Pennant (1726). After him are Edward Lhuyd (1660), George Don (1798), Francis Willughby (1635), William T. Stearn (1911), Richard Anthony Salisbury (1761), and Frederick DuCane Godman (1834).