Edward O. Wilson Biography

Biologist, Scientist (1929–)
Edward O. Wilson is the world's foremost expert on ants, and proponent of sociobiology, which explores the genetic basis of social behavior.


Edward O. Wilson began by studying ants, discovering that they communicate using pheromones. He later applied his ant studies to all social creatures with his major work on "sociobiology," which contends that a portion of human behavior is based in genetics. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1978 for On Human Nature. In the 21st century, Wilson focused on philosophical and environmental issues.

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