The website, TheBestSchools.org, recently named E.O. Wilson one of “The 50 Most Influential Scientists in the World Today.” The list includes scientists who have been instrumental in the invention of the Internet and fiber optics, contributed to new understandings in AIDS and cancer research, helped create new drugs, or have otherwise made crucial advances in the biological, medical, and physical sciences, and in areas touching on technology.
Read the TheBestSchools.org profile of E.O. Wilson and the reasons behind his inclusion on the list. Below find also a wonderful video produced by the public radio show “Science Friday” about E.O. Wilson.
“This is the biggest ant collection in the world. We have perhaps a million specimens. Discovering a new species is nothing, to us, working in a museum like this. It may, in fact, be a bit of a burden. But what science—good science—gets done without going through a lot of tedium?”—E.O. Wilson
As part of the “Desktop Diaries” video series for the public radio show “Science Friday,” this short video visits with E.O. Wilson in his office at Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology. Highlights include E.O. Wilson giving a tour of the largest ant collection in the world, playing a backwoods fiddle, and explaining how he looks to Darwin (who makes a cameo appearance as a bobble head doll in the video) for encouragement.