Books about contemporaries who influenced Darwin.
Alfred Russel Wallace: a Life
by Peter Raby
A very readable biography about the co-discoverer of Natural Selection—the man who nearly scooped Darwin.
by Peter Nichols
Biography of the captain of HMS Beagle.
The Invention of Nature
by Andrea Wulf
The adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the lost hero of science.
by Janet Owen
An archaeological biography of John Lubbock.
Darwin & His Children
by Tim M. Berra
His other legacy.