American ant biologist EO Wilson dead at 92


The great American scientist EO Wilson, an internationally renowned expert on ants who was nicknamed « Darwin’s heir», Died at 92, announced the foundation that bears his name.

Edward Osborne Wilson, who taught at Harvard University for a long time, has written dozens of books, two of which have won him Pulitzer Prizes: the first in 1978 for « Human nature« , The second in 1990 for »The ants« . The scientist, who died Sunday, December 26 in Massachusetts, « dedicated his life to studying the natural world and inspiring others to care for it the way he did», Indicated the foundation.

Founding father of sociobiology

The magazine Time had described him as having had « one of the great science careers of the 20th centuryBy highlighting his work of mapping the social behavior of ants, through which he showed that their colonies communicated via a system of pheromones. But the one who is considered the founding father of sociobiology has also sparked a wave of criticism after suggesting in one of his books that humans behave largely according to principles written in their genes. The entomologist remains highly respected.

Scientist Steven Pinker lamented the death of a « great scientist». «There were a few things we disagreed with, but that didn’t affect his generosity and his willingness to chatHe tweeted.

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