EO Wilson, great ant expert, is dead

The great American scientist EO Wilson, an internationally renowned expert on ants who was nicknamed “Darwin’s heir”, has died at the age of 92, the foundation that bears his name has announced. 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 “The 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 the way he did,” the foundation said.

One of the great scientists of the 20th century

The magazine Time He had described him as having had “one of the great careers of science of the twentieth century” by 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” on Monday. “We disagreed on some things, but that didn’t affect his generosity and his willingness to chat,” he tweeted.

(The essential / afp)

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EO Wilson, great ant expert, is dead