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Miami Hamilton to host renowned biologist E.O. Wilson

08/30/2006

E.O. Wilson
Edward Osborne Wilson, one of the most highly respected scientists in the world today, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, in Parrish Auditorium on the Miami Hamilton campus.

Selected as one of "America's 25 Most Influential People" by Time magazine, and hailed as "the new Darwin" by Thomas Wolfe, Wilson is Pellegrino University Research Professor emeritus at Harvard University. He continues entomological and environmental research at the Museum of Comparative Zoology.

Wilson has received 75 awards in international recognition for his contributions to science and humanity, including the U.S. National Medal of Science, Japan's International Prize for Biology, Germany's Terrestrial Ecology Prize and the Gold Medal of the World Wide Fund for Nature. He has twice received the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction books, for On Human Nature (1979) and The Ants (1991). Wilson also was highlighted in the May 2006 issue of National Geographic.

The theme for his speech is "Creation, A Meeting of Science and Religion," also the title of his most recent book. Wilson's lecture falls on the eve of the book's release to the public.

A former Eagle Scout, Wilson's passion for natural history was cultivated in the Alabama countryside where he was born and in Washington, D.C., where he spent most of his formative years. His specialty is ants. The entomologist is often called "the father of biodiversity" and continues to be a central figure in sociobiology debates globally. He has written 20 books and discovered hundreds of new species.

Wilson's lecture is sponsored by Don and Claire Fitton, longtime supporters of Miami Hamilton's campus. It is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required as seating is limited. To reserve a seat, two tickets per request, 5-3020.

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