Professor William McComas stands next to a statue of a member of the Linnaean Society Charles Darwin at the Natural History Museum in London.
William F. McComas, Honored Professor of Science Education at the Parks Family College of Education and Medical Professions, was recognized as a member at the autumn meeting of the London Linnaeus Society in 2021. He joins many other scholars and scholars who have been members and fellows over the organization’s more than 230-year history.
The Linnaeus Society, the oldest active biological society in the world, was founded in 1788 and named after the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus, who created a system used to name and classify the biological world. The Linnean system allows scientists to “identify baselines and track the impact of human activities on the environment around us, including food supplies, as we face the common challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change,” the website said.
Membership in the organization is open to professional scientists and amateurs who share an interest in natural history. “The fellowship is international and includes world leaders in every field of biology who use the Society’s premises and publications to spread new advances in their fields,” said McComas. discoverers of natural selection, a key mechanism of evolution.
McComas was recommended as a fellow because of his work in evolutionary education, Darwin’s research and his editorial American biology teacherJournal of the National Association of Biology Teachers.
The Linnean Society is headquartered in New Berlington House, a neo-Palladian mansion in London’s Mayfair district. He shares the building with four other scientific societies: the Geological Society, the Royal Astronomical Society, the Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Chemical Society.
Since 1829, the Society has kept Linnaeus’ personal books along with his collection of flora and fauna. In addition, it maintains a large library dedicated to natural science, biodiversity, environment, conservation and related topics. The Society supports basic scholarship, information activities and informed policies.