George C. Williams dies

williams_small.jpgFew evolutionary biologists have had the impact within and without their field as has George Williams, who died this week. His groundbreaking Adaptation and Natural Selection in 1966 set off the debate over levels of selection, the ubiquity of natural selection and some decent philosophising. It’s no exaggeration to say that the field of the philosophy of biology got going with the publication of that book.

Here’s a 1998 interview with Williams.

Some obituaries:

New York Times

David Sloan Wilson

The Chronicle of Higher Education, by Michael Ruse

Reminiscences at The Edge

The Loom by Carl Zimmer



I’ll add more as I find them

About John S. Wilkins

PhD in HPS - published on species concepts and classification, among other topics. Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne. webmaster
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