E.O. Wilson Death – Cause of Death: Influential biologist, E.O. Wilson dies aged 92.
American biologist, naturalist, and writer, E.O. Wilson was an influential biologist died in nearby Burlington on December 26, 2021.
Wilson’s death was announced on Monday, December 27 by the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation.
“The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation is deeply saddened to share the passing of preeminent scientist, naturalist, author, teacher, and our inspiration, Edward O. Wilson, Ph.D. One of the most distinguished and recognized American scientists in modern history, Dr. Wilson devoted his life to studying the natural world and inspiring others to care for it as he did.”
He is survived by his daughter, Catherine, and her husband John.
Sad news to share: my colleague Ed Wilson (EO Wilson) of @HarvardOEB & @MCZHarvard passed away this afternoon. He was an inspirational biologist, curator, mentor, writer and advocate for natural history & conservation. He will be greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/THWqYa1CwD
— Hopi Hoekstra (@hopihoekstra) December 27, 2021
Wilson was dubbed “The New Darwin”, “Darwin’s natural heir” or “The Darwin of the 21st century”. His biological specialty was myrmecology, the study of ants, on which he was called the world’s leading expert, and was nicknamed Ant Man.
In 1996, Wilson officially retired from Harvard University, where he continued to hold the positions of Professor Emeritus and Honorary Curator in Entomology.
He founded the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, which finances the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award and is an “independent foundation” at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University.