Skip navigation

Edward O. Wilson

Edward O. Wilson Edward O. Wilson  Ph.D.
University Research Professor, Emeritus
Harvard Medical School
Person Type: 

Edward O. Wilson was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1929. He received his B.S. and M.S. in biology from the University of Alabama and, in 1955, his Ph.D. in biology from Harvard, where he has since taught, and where he has received both of his college-wide teaching awards.

He is currently University Research Professor Emeritus and Honorary Curator in Entomology of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard. He is the author of two Pulitzer Prize-winning books, On Human Nature (1978) and The Ants (1990, with Bert Hölldobler), as well as the recipient of many fellowships, honors, and awards, including the 1976 National Medal of Science, the Crafoord Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (1990), the International Prize for Biology from Japan (1993), and, for his conservation efforts, the Gold Medal of the Worldwide Fund for Nature (1990), and the Audubon Medal of the National Audubon Society (1995).

He is on the board of directors of Conservation International, and the American Museum of Natural History, and gives many lectures throughout the world. His most recent books are The Future of Life (2002) and Pheidole in the New World (2003). He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, with his wife, Irene.

For more information, including publications, visit http://www.mcz.harvard.edu/Departments/Entomology/wilson_e_o.html.