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Table 2 Historical Characters

From: Acknowledging students’ concerns about evolution: a proactive teaching strategy

Character Reaction to Darwin’s 1859 publication of On the Origin of Species
Charles Darwin Author of publication and proponent of evolution. Paired with William Thomson
William Thomson Physicist who is opposed to evolution. Paired with Charles Darwin
Thomas Henry Huxley Biologist who is a proponent of evolution. Paired with Samuel Wilberforce
Samuel Wilberforce Bishop of Oxford who is opposed to evolution. Paired with Thomas Henry Huxley
Leonard Smith Pigeon breeder, a fictional character reflective of time period, proponent of evolution. Paired with Eliza Wilkins
Eliza Wilkins Housemaid, a fictional character reflective of time period, proponent of evolution but has mistaken notions about the theory. Paired with Leonard Smith
Asa Gray Botanist who is a proponent of evolution. Paired with Admiral Robert FitzRoy
Admiral Robert FitzRoy Ship captain of the Beagle who is opposed to evolution. Paired with Asa Gray