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Edward O. Wilson  

Scientist hailed as "the new Darwin," author and professor at Harvard University

Edward O. Wilson, Pellegrino University Research Professor, Emeritus, at Harvard University, is one of the most highly respected scientists in the world today.

Hailed as "the new Darwin" by Thomas Wolfe, and one of "America's 25 Most Influential People" by TIME Magazine, he has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for "The Ants and On Human Nature."

Wilson's book The Diversity of Life, which brought together knowledge of the magnitude of biodiversity and the threats to it, had a major public impact. Today he continues entomological and environmental research at the Museum of Comparative Zoology. Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge draws together the sciences, humanities, and the arts into a broad study of human knowledge, and his The Future of Lifeoffers a plan for saving Earth's biological heritage. In his new book, The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth, Wilson sounds the alarm that the earth is in danger and its destruction threatens us allno matter what we believe about its origins. The fate of the planet rests in our hands, he writes, and the only way the earth can be saved is if science and religion join forces.

Wilson has received 75 awards in international recognition for his contributions to science and humanity, including the U.S. National Medal of Science, Japan's International Prize for Biology, the Crafoord Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Germany's Terrestrial Ecology Prize, and the Franklin Medal of the American Philosophical Society. For his conservation work he has received the Audubon Medal of the National Audubon Society and the Gold Medal of the World Wide Fund for Nature. He is also the recipient of 27 honorary doctoral degrees from North America and Europe.


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From So Simple a Beginning: Darwin & the Future of Biology

In this lecture, E.O. Wilson guides you through Darwin's four masterworks, including The Origin of Species, weaving together the thrilling story of Darwin's groundbreaking discoveries, and placing his evolutionary concepts in the context of scientific and historical thought, from the nineteenth Century to the present day. Wilson also examines contemporary biological thought—how the state of evolution is faring in an era of religious resistance—and looks forward to the future of biology, a period which his own work, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning books to his Encyclopedia of Life website, has made immeasurably richer.

The Creation: an Appeal to Save Life on Earth

Edward O. Wilson brings elements from each of his books into his talks; think of his body of work as a continuous investigation into the wondrous nature of science, humanity and our planet. In this hopeful speech, based on The Creation, he argues that science and religion must join forces: the earth's destruction threatens us all—no matter what we believe about its origins.

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