E.O. Wilson’s lifetime of scientific discovery led to ‘Half-Earth’.
The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation is deeply saddened to share the passing of preeminent scientist, naturalist, author, teacher, and our inspiration, Edward O. Wilson, Ph.D. One of the most distinguished and recognized American scientists in modern history, Dr. Wilson devoted his life to studying the natural world and inspiring others to care for it as he did.
E.O. Wilson died on December 26 in Burlington, Massachusetts. He was 92. Dr. Wilson is preceded in death by his wife Irene K. Wilson. He is survived by his daughter, Catherine, and her husband John.
“Ed’s holy grail was the sheer delight of the pursuit of knowledge. A relentless synthesizer of ideas, his courageous scientific focus and poetic voice transformed our way of understanding ourselves and our planet. His greatest hope was that students everywhere share his passion for discovery as the ultimate scientific foundation for future stewardship of our planet. His gift was a deep belief in people and our shared human resolve to save the natural world,” said Paula J. Ehrlich, CEO & President of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, and co-founder of the Half-Earth Project.
E.O. Wilson was called “Darwin’s natural heir,” and was known affectionately as “the ant man” for his pioneering work as an entomologist. Dr. Wilson was Honorary Curator in Entomology and University Research Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, Chairman of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation Board of Advisors, and Chairman of the Half-Earth Council. Beloved by his students throughout the world and at Harvard University where he taught, Dr. Wilson was also an advisor to the world’s preeminent scientific and conservation organizations. He was a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, the author of over 30 books and hundreds of scientific papers, creator of two scientific disciplines including sociobiology, and advances in global conservation, including, “Half-Earth.” Dr. Wilson was honored with over 100 prizes including the U.S. National Medal of Science, and the Crafoord Prize.
“It would be hard to understate Ed’s scientific achievements, but his impact extends to every facet of society. He was a true visionary with a unique ability to inspire and galvanize. He articulated, perhaps better than anyone, what it means to be human. His infectious curiosity and creativity have shaped the lives of so many, myself included, and I feel lucky to have called him a friend,” said David J. Prend, Chairman of the Board, E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation.
Paul Simon, friend and member of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation board shared, “It is a rare combination of good when an intellectual giant like Ed Wilson can leave a legacy of enormous scientific contributions with a memory trail of a kind, humble, generous man who had great exuberance for life.”
A tribute to Dr. Wilson’s life is planned for 2022. Memorial details are to be announced.
Read the full statement (last update Jan, 7th 2022)
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I inadvertently learned only now, Tuesday, February 8 of the death of one of my heroes, E. O. Wilson. And Earth’s biodiversity and vitality seems much reduced. But what a breathtaking legacy he’s left!👏
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I was thrilled when Dr Wilson appeared at a seminar with Brian Farrell honoring David Rockefeller. As someone not very knowledgeable about science, even I appreciated his dedication to helping save the planet and advancing the the preservation of endangered species I vow to do my utmost to carry on his legacy.
As Ed would say, Margery, please stick with it, we need you desperately.
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E.O. Wilson was my hero. In early 2000 I went to hear him speak. I had just had foot surgery, and was using crutches. I had bought many of his books, and got The Ants for myself as a gift after getting my BS in Biology, and I carried it in a backpack. I hobbled up to the front after his talk, and asked him to sign it. He looked at the crutches, and looked at me with his customary twinkle, and said “You had to bring my heaviest book today?!” He drew a little ant beside his signature. I became a science teacher because of him and people like him. I will miss him, as will all the world.
Ptery, what a great story. I have a similar warm memory from when Ed signed one of his books for me with that same one-long leg cartoon ant. simple and charming. Would love to learn more of your teaching. You should join our educator ambassador group. https://www.half-earthproject.org/half-earth-project-educator-ambassadors/#join.
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Earth abides! A single soul makes all the difference. Learned behavior makes the man and destroys nature. Behold beauty in natures grace, for todays sounds were yesterdays embrace. The tree in me breathes in the lies and out the life. I discovered E. O. Wilson yesterday and he will impact my life with lots of reading, and action to follow.
Bronko, never too late, and we are so lucky that Ed’s thinking and life were are so well documented!
From ant taxonomist par excellence to evolutionary thought leader to biodiversity savant and natural history writer extraordinaire EO Wilson provided a portal into science for all who heard him speak and read his many dynamic written works. As he was wont to day, “scientists don’t take vacations, they
go on field trips”. I am profoundly thankful for his guidance..
George, great quote. I also like how he emphasized that successful scientists thought like poets with creative insights, but then were willing to work like book keepers to test their ideas.
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He found out that Darwin was wrong.
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Sad to hear. A giant among humans and scientists.
My take: https://www.newamericanjournal.net/2021/12/e-o-wilson-a-pioneer-of-evolutionary-biology-and-scientific-studies-of-ants-and-human-behavior-dies-at-92/
Glynn, thanks so much for your comment and published tribute. I was always struck by how deep in his heart Ed held Alabama.
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Dr Wilson is one of the most important people in shaping my intellectual development and who awakened in me a lifelong fascination with nature.
His writings on the natural world constitute a legacy that mankind can only ignore at it’s own peril.
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Doctor Wilson, Illustrious Sir! Thank you for the books that have shaped my thinking, for the moral example, and for the inspiration and courage I get from your amazing mind!
Reading and listening to Dr. Wilson gave me the thread of the idea that inductive reductionism once pulled upon will methodically reveal a natural intuition of the unity of knowledge.
“Thus, the task is not so much to see what no one yet has seen, but to think of what nobody yet has thought about that which everybody sees.”
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A lay naturalist myself, EO Wilson resides comfortably secure in my – and I would hope many others’- pantheon of ecological authorities. God rests Dr Wilson’s soul, indeed as we give thanks for this exemplary human being’s energy, intelligence, imagination & love.
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A stately tree has fallen in the forest, but the generations of naturalists and scientists Ed inspired will help to fill the massive gap and forever be his legacy. It is perhaps a blessing that he left this world before all the consequences of climate change and habitat destruction – which he so fervently and effectively oppose – are fully manifest.
We will be forever grateful for his support in our struggle to end logging on public lands here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Edward wrote “… we must save at least half of the Earth from industrial exploitation …to avoid catastrophic plant and animal extinctions. [Bill H897*] would make us the first state to give this protection to all of its public lands. I strongly support this bill. This is the single most important action the people of the state can take to preserve our natural heritage.” – Dr. Edward O. Wilson [*this session the bill is H. 912 & H.1002] E.O. Wilson presente’!
Did you mean to say it would be hard to *understate his achievements? Is that an ant joke?
Yes, the ants have great humor and humility, although they dominate both the overstory and the understory.
sobre E Wilson (eu não lhe conhecia)..
Lorenzo, I’m sorry you never got to know E.O. Wilson. Fortunately he wrote a lot of books, some translated into Portuguese!
It’s hard to encapsulate the impact that Mr. Wilson’s work has had on my career and life. His books and interviews taught, and more importantly inspired, me to be an ecologist. He helped me and countless others better understand the shared natural world.
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