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Edward Osborne "E. O." Wilson FMLS is a prominent biologist and researcher. He has been Buglife’s Vice President since 2004.  

We are thrilled to have the ongoing support of such an outstanding contributor to the sciences.  

 

Born 10th June 1929 in Alabama, Edward is an American biologist, researcher, theorist, naturalist and author. His biological specialty is myrmecology, the study of ants, on which he is considered to be the world's leading expert.

 

He is well known for the breadth of his scientific career, is considered to be the “father of sociobiology" and coined the term “biodiversity".

Edward O Wilson © Jim Harrison

Edward O Wilson © Jim Harrison

 

Scientific and conservation honours include:

 

Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement (1984), 

ECI Prize - International Ecology Institute, terrestrial ecology (1987),

Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award (1988),

Pulitzer Prize for The Ants (with Bert Hölldobler) (1991),

Carl Sagan Award for Public Understanding of Science (1994),

American Humanist Association's Humanist of the Year (1999),

Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science (2000),

Foreign Member of Linnean Society (FMLS) Tercentenary Silver Medal (2006)

and the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Ecology and Conservation Biology Category (2010) to name a few.

 

Published works include:

 

The Theory of Island Biogeography, The Insect Societies, Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, On Human Nature, Genes, Mind and Culture: The coevolutionary process, Biophilia, Success and Dominance in Ecosystems: The Case of the Social Insects and Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge to name but a few!

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