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university professor and author

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; member of faculty, Society Fellows, Harvard University, since 1956; Baird professor science, Society Fellows, Harvard University, 1976-1994; Pellegrino U. professor, Society Fellows, Harvard University, 1994-1997; research professor, Society Fellows, Harvard University, since 1997; curator entomology, Society Fellows, Harvard University, 1971-1997; honorary curator entolmology, Society Fellows, Harvard University, since 1997. Member selection committee Guggenheim Foundation, 1982-1989. Board directors World Wildlife Fund, 1983-1994, Organisation Tropical Studies, 1984-1991, New York Botanical Garden,1991-1995, American Museum Natural History, since 1992, American Academy Liberal Education, since 1993, Nature Conservancy, since 1994, Conservation International, since 1997.

Works

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:
Edward Osborne Wilson

mother:
Inez (Freeman) Wilson

spouse:
Irene Kelley

child:
Catherine Irene Wilson