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E. O. Wilson

1929 - 2021

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Edward Osborne Wilson (June 10, 1929 – December 26, 2021) was an American biologist, naturalist, and writer. According to David Attenborough, Wilson was the world's leading expert in his specialty of myrmecology, the study of ants. He was nicknamed the "ant man".Wilson has been called "the father of sociobiology" and "the father of biodiversity" for his environmental advocacy, and his secular-humanist and deist ideas pertaining to religious and ethical matters. Among his contributions to ecological theory is the theory of island biogeography (developed in collaboration with the mathematical ecologist Robert MacArthur), which served as the foundation of the field of conservation area design, as well as the unified neutral theory of biodiversity of Stephen P. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of E. O. Wilson has received more than 1,683,028 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). E. O. Wilson is the 84th most popular biologist (up from 112th in 2019), the 947th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,203rd in 2019) and the 13th most popular American Biologist.

E. O. Wilson is most famous for his theory of sociobiology, which is the application of evolutionary theory to the study of animal and human social behavior.

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Among biologists, E. O. Wilson ranks 84 out of 841Before him are Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, Jan Swammerdam, Gabriele Falloppio, Carolus Clusius, Alfred Hershey, and Elizabeth Blackburn. After him are André Michel Lwoff, John Gurdon, Werner Arber, Bernard Katz, Ibn al-Baitar, and William Carey.

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Among people born in 1929, E. O. Wilson ranks 61Before him are George Steiner, Zoltán Czibor, Isamu Akasaki, Ralf Dahrendorf, Jerry Goldsmith, and Mohamed Al-Fayed. After him are Milorad Pavić, Pierre Brice, Gudrun Burwitz, Stirling Moss, Werner Arber, and Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow. Among people deceased in 2021, E. O. Wilson ranks 58Before him are Isamu Akasaki, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Edita Gruberová, Larry Flynt, Manuel Santana, and George Jung. After him are Idriss Déby, Nawal El Saadawi, John McAfee, Larry King, Edward de Bono, and Noah Gordon.

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Among people born in United States, E. O. Wilson ranks 947 out of 18,182Before him are Roy J. Glauber (1925), Pat Garrett (1850), Alfred Hershey (1908), Stan Getz (1927), Laura Bush (1946), and C. Wright Mills (1916). After him are Calamity Jane (1852), Ali MacGraw (1939), Rick Rubin (1963), Timothy Leary (1920), Don Cherry (1936), and Dr. Dre (1965).

Among BIOLOGISTS In United States

Among biologists born in United States, E. O. Wilson ranks 13Before him are Linda B. Buck (1947), George Beadle (1903), John Franklin Enders (1897), Lynn Margulis (1938), Irwin Rose (1926), and Alfred Hershey (1908). After him are Thomas Huckle Weller (1915), Sylvia Earle (1935), George Davis Snell (1903), Norman Borlaug (1914), Edward B. Lewis (1918), and Carl Woese (1928).