Born today was Asa Gray.
Botany's groundwork he did lay.
He gave the science an autonomy
By unifying its taxonomy.
"If Thomas Huxley earned the title of 'Darwin's bulldog,' then Asa Gray should be remembered as 'Darwin's dove'. Whereas Huxley enjoyed a good fight in his defense of Darwin's theory, Gray sought to mediate and bring sides together around a common understanding of 'good science.' As Darwin's strongest and most vocal scientific ally in the United States, Gray recognized the scientific importance of Darwin's efforts for the growing professionalism of biological researchers." [The Biologos Forum]