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EXPLORATIONS IN BIBLIOMETRIC HISTORIOGRAPHY: C. H. WADDINGTON AND THE RISE OF EVOLUTIONARY DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY

Katherine W. McCain

Sparking Synergies: Bringing Research and Practice Together @ ASIST '05 (ASIS&T 2005)
Westin Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina, October 28 - November 2, 2005


Abstract

Conrad Hal Waddington was a well known developmental biologist and geneticist whose publications span almost 50 years, from the late 1920s through the mid 1970s. He is perhaps best known for his introduction to genetics and developmental biology of concepts such as “the epigenetic landscape” “canalization”, and “genetic assimilation.” His research in the 30s, 40s, and 50s has become newly relevant with the emergence of the field of “evolutionary developmental biology” – a field that seeks the “unification of genomic, developmental, organismal, population, and natural selection approaches to evolutionary change” (Hall, 1999).

This poster will report work currently very much in progress. I am studying the reception of Waddington’s research from 1945 – 2004 using complementary bibliometric techniques: HistCite citation networks, co-cited author mapping, citation context analysis, and PFNet analysis.


  
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