Edward O. Wilson

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Ed Wilson with Dynastes hercules


Ed Wilson is a Professor and Curator of Entomology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. Ed is one of today's finest scholars and naturalists, and he is one of the world's leading authorities on ants. Ed is first and foremost an ant man, but as the accompanying photo shows, he has a profound admiration for scarab beetles also. He visited Team Scarab at Nebraska in 1998 and was made an honorary scarab worker.

With fellow entomologist Bert Holldobler, Ed has written the definitive volume on ants, which won the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction. He also won an earlier Pulitzer in 1979 for his book entitled "On Human Nature." Ed is the recipient of the National Medal of Science, the International Prize for Biology, the gold medal of the World Wildlife Fund, the Distinguished Humanist Award from the American Humanist Association, and the Crafoord Prize from the Swedish Academy of Sciences (which is ecology's approximation of the Nobel prize).

In his books, "The Diversity of Life," "Biophilia," and "The Naturalist," he sounds a powerful alarm about the calamitous loss of species diversity that is already ongoing today. The increasing loss of biodiversity is a direct result of human activities . . . and yet relatively little is being done by people or governments to prevent this catastrophic destruction of our natural heritage. Ed's deep insights into these global problems are a clarion call to all of us to take action in our private and public lives to avert the destabilization of entire ecosystems and the tremendous loss of our fellow beings on the planet.

Museum of Comparative Zoology
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138
U. S. A.

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