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Edward Osborne Osbome Wilson

Edward WILSON, American university professor and author. Selection Committee 1982-1990; Board of directors, World Wildlife Fund 1983-1990; Royal Society 1990.

Background

  • WILSON, Edward was born on June 10, 1929 in Birmingham, Alabama, United States. Son of the late Edward Osbome Wilson Senior and of Inez Freeman Huddleston.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University Alabama, 1949. Master of Science, University Alabama, 1950. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University Alabama, 1980.

      Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, 1955. Doctor of Philosophy, Uppsala University, Sweden. Doctor of Science (honorary), Duke University, 1978.

      Doctor of Science (honorary), Grinnell College, 1978. Doctor of Science (honorary), University West Florida, 1979. Doctor of Science (honorary), Lawrence University, 1979.

      Doctor of Science (honorary), Fitchburg State College, 1989. Doctor of Science (honorary), Macalester College, 1990. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Massachusetts, 1990.

      Doctor of Science (honorary), Oxford University, 1993. Doctor of Science (honorary), Ripon College, 1994. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Connecticut, 1995.

      Doctor of Science (honorary), Ohio University, 1996. Doctor of Science (honorary), Bates College, 1996. Doctor of Science (honorary), College Wooster, 1997.

      Doctor of Science (honorary), University Guelph, 1997. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Portland, 1997. Doctor of Science (honorary), Kenyon College, 2002.

      Doctor of Science (honorary), University of the South, 2002. Doctor of Science (honorary), Harvard University, 2004. Doctor of Science (honorary), Clark University, 2005.

      Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Hofstra University, 1986. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Muhlenburg College, 1998. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Yale University, 1998.

      Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Pennsylvania State University. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Bradford College, 1997. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Connecticut College, 2000.

      Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University South Alabama, 2003. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Albion College, 2005. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University Puget Sound, 2006.

      Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Rockefeller University, 2007. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Williams College, 2007. Doctor of Laws, Simon Fraser University.

      Doctor of Laws, Emory University, 2008. Doctor of Laws, Graduate Theological Foundation, 2008. Doctor of Laws, University Mississippi Lavelle, 2008.

      DHC, University Madrid Complutense, 1995. DHC, University Montreal, 2004. Doctor rerum naturalium, Universität Würzburg, 2000.

    Career

    • Junior fellow Society Fellows, Harvard University, 1953—1956, faculty, since 1956, Baird professor science, 1976—1994, Pellegrino University professor, 1994—1997, research professor, 1997—2002, curator entomology, 1971—1997, honorary curator entomology, since 1997. Selection committee Guggenheim Foundation, 1982—1989. Board directors World Wildlife Fund, 1983—1994, Organization Tropical Studies, 1984—1991, New York Botanical Garden, 1991—1995, American Museum Natural History, 1992—2002, American Academy Liberal Education, 1993—2004, Nature Conservancy, 1994—2002, Conservation International, since 1997.

    Works

    • The Insect Societies (Belknap Press)
    • View a collection of videos on Professor Wilson entitled "On the Relation of Science and the Humanities" This book is a work of major importance for the development of environmental and behavioral biology; it covers the classification, evolution, anatomy, physiology, and behavior of the higher social insects--ants, social wasps and bees, and termites.

    Membership

    Fellow: Deutsche Akademy Naturforsch, American Philosophical Society (Franklin medal 1998), American Academy Arts and Sciences. Member: National Academy of Sciences, Royal Science Society Uppsala (Sweden), Russian Academy of Sciences, Royal Entomological Society (honorary life), Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Royal Society London, Netherlands Entomological Society (honorary life), Royal Society Edinburgh (life), Association Tropical Biology (honorary life), Academy Humanism (honorary life), American Humanist Association (Distinguished Service award 1982, honorary life, Humanist of Year), Zoological Society London (honorary life), Entomological Society of America (Founders Memorial award 1972, L.O. Howard award 1985, honorary life), British Ecological Society (honorary life), American Genetics Association (honorary life), Explorers Club (life, honorary life, medal).

    Connections

    • Married Irene Kelley, October 30, 1955. 1 child Catherine Irene.
    • father: the late Edward Osbome Wilson Senior
    • mother: of Inez Freeman Huddleston
    • spouse: Irene Kelley
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      • Author: The Insect Societies, 1971, Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, 1975, On Human Nature, 1978 (Pulitzer prize for non-fiction, 1979), Promethean Fire, 1983, Biophilia, 1984, Success and Dominance in Ecosystems, 1990, The Diversity of Life, 1992 (National Wildlife Association award, Deutsche Umweltstiftung Book award, Sir Peter Kent Conservation prize), Naturalist, 1994 (Los Angeles Times Book prize science, 1995), In Search of Nature, 1996, Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge, 1998 (Forkosch award International Academy Humanism, 2000), Biological Diversity: The Oldest Human Heritage, 1999, The Future of Life, 2002 (Natural World Book prize, United Kingdom, 2002), Pheidole in the New World: A Dominant, Hyperdiverse Ant Genus, 2003 (Julia Ward Howe prize, 2003), From So Simple A Beginning, 2005, Nature Revealed, 2006, The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth, 2006. Author: (with R.H. MacArthur) The Theory of Island Biogeography, 1967. Author: (with C.J. Lumsden) Genes, Mind and Culture, 1981. Author: (with Bert Holldobler) The Ants, 1990 (Pulitzer prize for non-fiction, 1991), Journey to the Ants, 1994 (Phi Beta Kappa prize science, 1995), The Creation, 2006 (Green Book award, Stevens Institute of Technology Center for Science Writings, 2007), The Superorganism, 2008
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      • book: The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies
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      • book: The Insect Societies (Belknap Press)
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      • book: Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition
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      • book: Sociobiology: Abridged Edition
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      • book: Sociobiology : The New Synthesis
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      • book: [(Sociobiology: The New Synthesis)] [Author: Edward O. Wilson] published on (April, 2000)
      • book: Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition [Deluxe Edition] Publisher: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press; Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition edition
      • book: Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition [Paperback]
      • book: Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition by Wilson, Edward O. (2000) Paperback
      • book: Promethean Fire: Reflections on the Origin of the Mind by Lumsden, Charles J., Wilson, Edward O. (1983) Hardcover
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      • book: Biophilia
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      • book: Excellence in Ecology Success and Dominance in Ecosystems, the Case of the Social Insects (Excellence in Ecology 2)
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      • book: The Diversity of Life (Questions of Science)
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      • book: Consilience : The Unity of Knowledge
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      • book: Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge [Japanese Edition]
      • book: Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge by Edward Osborne Wilson (1999) Paperback
      • book: Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge by Edward Osborne Wilson 1st (first) 1 in edition [Paperback(1999)]
      • book: The Future of Life
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      • book: <i>Pheidole</i> in the New World: A Dominant, Hyperdiverse Ant Genus
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      • book: <i>Pheidole</i> in the New World: A Dominant, Hyperdiverse Ant Genus by Wilson, Edward O. (2003) Hardcover
      • book: Pheidole in the New World : a dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus
      • book: From So Simple A Beginning Four Great Books Of Charles Darwin [HC,2005]
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      • book: From So Simple A Beginning The Four Great Books of Charles Darwin
      • book: From So Simple A Beginning The Four Great Books of Charles Darwin
      • book: Nature Revealed: Selected Writings, 1949-2006
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      • book: The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth
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      • book: By Edward O. Wilson - The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth (8/18/07)
      • book: Creation - An Appeal to Save Life on Earth (06) by Wilson, Edward O [Paperback (2007)]
      • book: The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth by Wilson, Edward O. (2007) Paperback
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      • book: The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth by Wilson, Edward O. [W. W. Norton & Company, 2007] (Paperback) [Paperback]
      • book: [(The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth)] [Author: Edward O. Wilson] published on (October, 2007)
      • book: The Theory of Island Biogeography (Princeton Landmarks in Biology)
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      • book: The Theory of Island Biogeography
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      • book: By Robert H. MacArthur - The Theory of Island Biogeography: 2nd (second) Edition
      • book: The Theory of Island Biogeography (Monographs in Population Biology 1)
      • book: Genes, Mind, and Culture: The Coevolutionary Process
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      • book: Genes, Mind, And Culture: The Coevolutionary Process 25 Anv edition by Charles J. Lumsden, Edward O Wilson (2005) Hardcover
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      • book: Genes, Mind, and Culture: The Coevolutionary Process First edition by Lumsden, Charles J., Wilson, Edward O. (1981) Hardcover
      • book: Journey to the Ants: A Story of Scientific Exploration
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      • book: Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition Paperback - Deluxe Edition, April 23, 2000
      • book: Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition   [SOCIOBIOLOGY ANNIV/E 25/E] [Paperback]
      • book: On Human Nature: With a new Preface, Revised Edition
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      • book: Biophilia by Wilson, Edward O. (1986) Paperback
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      • book: Naturalist
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      • book: Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge by Professor Edward O. Wilson (4-Nov-1999) Paperback
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      • book: Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge by Wilson Edward O. (1998-03-17) Hardcover
      • book: Die Einheit des Wissens / Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge (German Edition)
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      • book: From So Simple a Beginning: Darwin's Four Great Books by Darwin, Charles, Wilson, Edward O. (2005) Hardcover
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      • book: From So Simple a Beginning: The Four Great Books of Charles Darwin [BOXED-FROM SO SIMPLE A BEGINNI]
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      • book: The Theory of Island Biogeography Monographs in Population Biology
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      • book: The Theory of Island Biogeography Monographs on Population Biography #1
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      • book: Biophilia Publisher: Harvard University Press
      • book: Biophilia. The Human Bond With Other Species
      • book: The Biophilia Hypothesis. (book reviews): An article from: World Watch
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      • book: The Diversity of Life
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      • book: IN SEARCH OF NATURE.
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      • book: Consilience the Unity of Knowledge
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      • book: Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge by Wilson, Edward O. (March 17, 1998) Hardcover 1st
      • book: The alpha, or First principle of the human mind: as revealed to Ramus Randolph in a reverie, and verified to his satisfaction in a dream: being a ... of human happiness and the nature of truth
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      • book: The Alpha, or First Principle of the Human Mind; As Revealed to Ramus Randolph in a Reverie, and Verified to His Satisfaction in a Dream: Being a ... and the Nature of Truth (Classic Reprint)
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      • book: The alpha, or First principle of the human mind; as revealed to Ramus Randolph in a reverie, and verified to his satisfaction in a dream: being a philosophical inquiry into the constitution of human happiness and the nature of truth
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      • book: Journey to the Ants: A Story of Scientific Exploration by Bert Hölldobler, Edward O. Wilson (1998) Paperback
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      • book: Journey to the Ants: A Story of Scientific Exploration by Hölldobler, Bert, Wilson, Edward O. (1994) Hardcover
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      • book: The analogy of religion, natural and revealed, to the constitution and course of nature: consisting of a criticism of Butler's treatise on the ... the analogy with the other main branches of
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      • book: Insect faunas of late Devensian and Flandrian Age from Church Stretton, Shropshire, (Royal Society)
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      • book: The Insect Societies (Belknap Press) by Wilson, Edward O. (1971) Hardcover
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      • The Insect Societies, 1971, Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, 1975, On Human Nature, 1978 (Pulitzer prize for non-fiction, 1979), Promethean Fire, 1983, Biophilia, 1984, Success and Dominance in Ecosystems, 1990, The Diversity of Life, 1992 (National Wildlife Association award, Deutsche Umweltstiftung Book award, Sir Peter Kent Conservation prize), Naturalist, 1994 (Los Angeles Times Book prize science, 1995), In Search of Nature, 1996, Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge, 1998 (Forkosch award International Academy Humanism, 2000), Biological Diversity: The Oldest Human Heritage, 1999, The Future of Life, 2002 (Natural World Book prize, United Kingdom, 2002), Pheidole in the New World: A Dominant, Hyperdiverse Ant Genus, 2003 (Julia Ward Howe prize, 2003), From So Simple A Beginning, 2005, Nature Revealed, 2006, The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth, 2006. Author: (with R.H. MacArthur) The Theory of Island Biogeography, 1967. Author: (with C.J. Lumsden) Genes, Mind and Culture, 1981.Author: (with Bert Holldobler) The Ants, 1990 (Pulitzer prize for non-fiction, 1991), Journey to the Ants, 1994 (Phi Beta Kappa prize science, 1995), The Creation, 2006 (Green Book award, Stevens Institute of Technology Center for Science Writings, 2007), The Superorganism, 2008
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