Asa Gray

Asa Gray (1810 - 1888) is considered the most important American botanist of the 19th century. Gray corresponded with Charles Darwin and arranged for the first publication of Darwin's "Origin of Species" in the United States. Gray was a devout Protestant and tried to convince Darwin that there was an intelligent design in nature. He was concerned about the religious implications of Darwin's work. Darwin told Gray that he had "no intention to write atheistically." Nonetheless, Gray was a staunch supporter of Darwin.