E.O. Wilson

From ants to sociobiology to biodiversity--one of the great careers in 20th century science

Study nature, not books!" advised the great 19th century naturalist Louis Agassiz. As a boy growing up in Alabama and northern Florida, Edward Osborne Wilson did both. By day he scoured fields, forests and streams. At night he pored over books and magazines. It was an article in National Geographic ("Stalking Ants, Savage and Civilized") that launched, at the ripe age of 9, one of the great scientific careers of the late 20th century, a career that began in entomology--with a particular passion for ants--but that has since reinvented itself with remarkable frequency, expanding its scope to encompass not just the...

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