Dr. Arnold Dodel-Port, was a Swiss socialist botanist, a freethinker and champion of Darwin’s theory of evolution. He was also an exquisite artist who made the plant systematics of organisms (such as the Volvox Globator) mind bendingly beautiful.
During the late 1800s, in German speaking countries, the Swiss botanist, Dr. Arnold Dodel-Port was the David Attenborough of his day. He made science popular. A huge part of his success was due to the Dodel-Port Atlas. Created in collaboration with his wife Carolina, between 1878 and 1893, he created the Dodel-Port Atlas, a series of 42 aesthetically beautiful botanical charts on plant systematics.
Professor of Botany at Zurich University, socialist freethinker & an avid supporter of Darwin’s theory of evolution, Dodel-Port found time (in the middle of writing & illustrating his Atlas) to write a book in support of his friend Charles Darwin’s (sacreligious at the time) theory of evolution, the provocatively titled, “Moses or Darwin? : a school problem for all friends of truth and progress” hit Europe’s bookshelves in 1889.
So let Mr. Dodel-Port guide your eyes around the beautifully complex, cornocopic micro-universe within plantlife.