John Maynard Smith

1920 - 2004

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John Maynard Smith (6 January 1920 – 19 April 2004) was a British theoretical and mathematical evolutionary biologist and geneticist. Originally an aeronautical engineer during the Second World War, he took a second degree in genetics under the well-known biologist J. B. S. Haldane. Maynard Smith was instrumental in the application of game theory to evolution with George R. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Maynard Smith has received more than 306,219 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). John Maynard Smith is the 359th most popular biologist (down from 346th in 2019), the 1,985th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,820th in 2019) and the 50th most popular British Biologist.

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Among biologists, John Maynard Smith ranks 359 out of 844Before him are Louis Claude Richard, Pierre Gaspard Chaumette, William Hudson, Robert Fortune, Pieter Bleeker, and Guillaume-Antoine Olivier. After him are Henrik Steffens, Francisco Hernández de Toledo, Karl Rudolphi, Theodore Gill, Johann Friedrich von Eschscholtz, and Roderick Murchison.

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Among people born in 1920, John Maynard Smith ranks 159Before him are Knut Nordahl, Pran, Milton George Henschel, Yegor Ligachyov, Jean Carmet, and Richard E. Bellman. After him are Lewis Gilbert, Marlen Haushofer, Christopher Robin Milne, Georges Marchais, Thomas Gold, and Schubert Gambetta. Among people deceased in 2004, John Maynard Smith ranks 107Before him are Harold Shipman, Philip Abelson, Jean Lefebvre, Vasili Mitrokhin, Jesús Gil, and Shiing-Shen Chern. After him are Joe Viterelli, Jozef Lenárt, Walter Frentz, Paul Winfield, P. V. Narasimha Rao, and Naomi Shemer.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, John Maynard Smith ranks 1,985 out of 6,924Before him are William Hartnell (1908), Aelred of Rievaulx (1110), Ernest William Brown (1866), David Gill (1843), David Knopfler (1952), and Paul Freeman (1943). After him are Peter Frampton (1950), Michael Apted (1941), Dua Lipa (1995), Æthelfrith (600), John William Draper (1811), and Thomas Beecham (1879).

Among BIOLOGISTS In United Kingdom

Among biologists born in United Kingdom, John Maynard Smith ranks 50Before him are Edward Daniel Clarke (1769), William Aiton (1731), Nehemiah Grew (1641), George Bentham (1800), William Hudson (1730), and Robert Fortune (1812). After him are Roderick Murchison (1792), George Robert Waterhouse (1810), John Gilbert Baker (1834), Richard Henderson (1945), John Hughlings Jackson (1835), and Andrew Smith (1797).