E.O. Wilson, a Pioneer of Evolutionary Biology, Dies at 92 – The New York Times

“Edward O. Wilson, a biologist and author who conducted pioneering work on biodiversity, insects and human nature — and won two Pulitzer Prizes along the way — died on Sunday in Burlington, Mass. He was 92.

His death was announced on Monday by the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation.

“Ed’s holy grail was the sheer delight of the pursuit of knowledge,” Paula J. Ehrlich, chief executive and president of the foundation, said in a statement. “A relentless synthesizer of ideas, his courageous scientific focus and poetic voice transformed our way of understanding ourselves and our planet.”

When Dr. Wilson began his career in evolutionary biology in the 1950s, the study of animals and plants seemed to many scientists like a quaint, obsolete hobby. Molecular biologists were getting their first glimpses of DNA, proteins and other invisible foundations of life. Dr. Wilson made it his life’s work to put evolution on an equal footing.”

David Lindsay:  One of my great heroes has passed. He is the author of “Half-Earth, Our planet’s fight for life,” which has become the most important book in my life. It is a gateway aphrodisiac into the passion of habitat and wildlife conservation. (If anyone can’t get to read the entire obit, send me a message, and I will repost in January, with full permissions.)