EO Wilson: Ant scientist expert dies at 92

The great American scientist IT’S THE Wilson, an ant expert and internationally recognized as “Darwin’s natural heir,” died at the age of 92, according to the foundation that bears his name.

Edward Osborne Wilson, who taught at Harvard University for a long time, wrote dozens of books, two of which won him Pulitzer Prizes: the first in 1978 for “On Human Nature,” the second in 1990 for “The Ants. “.

The scientist, who died in Massachusetts on Sunday, “dedicated his life to studying the natural world and inspiring others to care for it as he did“said the foundation.

Photo taken June 1, 2012 of scientist Edward Osborne Wilson at the World Science Festival. AFP / ARCHIVE

Time magazine highlighted that he had “one of the great scientific careers of the 20th century” by highlighting his work on mapping the social behavior of hormigas, through which he showed that their colonies communicated through a pheromone system.

But the also considered “founding father of sociobiology” also generated a wave of criticism at the time after suggesting in one of his books that Humans behave largely in accordance with principles written in their genes.

However, the entomologist is still highly respected. The scientist Steven Pinker mourned the death of a “great scientist” on Monday.

“We disagreed on some things, but that did not affect his generosity and willingness to talk,” he tweeted.



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