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Mobile Honors Naturalist E.O. Wilson

Business View – October 2022 / Business News

 

 

Alabama native Edward Osborne (E.O.) Wilson, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist, naturalist and writer, transformed his field of research on the behavior of ants. He applied his scientific perspective and experience to illuminate the human circumstance, including human origins, human nature and human interactions.

 

Wilson was born in Birmingham in 1929, but he spent several of his formative years in the Mobile area, where he researched nature. That’s where his lifelong fascination with insects began. When Wilson was still in high school, he discovered the first colony of fire ants in the United States.

 

Since Wilson died in December 2021, tributes have been collected and shared on the eowilsonfoundation.org website from noted dignitaries, educators, scientists, presidents, musicians and actors.

 

“E.O. Wilson taught us so much about the importance of preserving our rich biodiversity, and perhaps more significant today, how cooperation, not conflict, has enabled humanity to survive and thrive,” said former U.S. President Bill Clinton. “His later books left us a roadmap for the future. I was honored to know him.”

 

To celebrate Wilson’s life and contributions to the scientific community, the Friends of E.O. Wilson (which includes a number of local organizations, nonprofits and environmental groups) is hosting a day of activities on October 7 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mobile Museum of Art. The event is free and open to the public and will include testimonials, films and exhibits, refreshments and fellowship. In addition, there will be a keynote address from award-winning filmmaker Ben Raines.

 

“This day is important because E.O. Wilson is world-renowned as a scientist, philosopher and environmental activist,” said Andrew Saunders, event organizer.

 

“His contributions extend to all mankind. He is important to us locally because he is one of us – an Alabamian and a Mobilian. Our celebration of him in Mobile on October 7 is to give those who knew him and his works, or admired him and his works, an opportunity to come together in tribute to him.”Alabama native Edward Osborne (E.O.) Wilson, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist, naturalist and writer, transformed his field of research on the behavior of ants. He applied his scientific perspective and experience to illuminate the human circumstance, including human origins, human nature and human interactions.

 

Wilson was born in Birmingham in 1929, but he spent several of his formative years in the Mobile area, where he researched nature. That’s where his lifelong fascination with insects began. When Wilson was still in high school, he discovered the first colony of fire ants in the United States.

 

Since Wilson died in December 2021, tributes have been collected and shared on the eowilsonfoundation.org website from noted dignitaries, educators, scientists, presidents, musicians and actors.

 

“E.O. Wilson taught us so much about the importance of preserving our rich biodiversity, and perhaps more significant today, how cooperation, not conflict, has enabled humanity to survive and thrive,” said former U.S. President Bill Clinton. “His later books left us a roadmap for the future. I was honored to know him.”

 

To celebrate Wilson’s life and contributions to the scientific community, the Friends of E.O. Wilson (which includes a number of local organizations, nonprofits and environmental groups) is hosting a day of activities on October 7 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mobile Museum of Art. The event is free and open to the public and will include testimonials, films and exhibits, refreshments and fellowship. In addition, there will be a keynote address from award-winning filmmaker Ben Raines.

 

“This day is important because E.O. Wilson is world-renowned as a scientist, philosopher and environmental activist,” said Andrew Saunders, event organizer. “His contributions extend to all mankind. He is important to us locally because he is one of us – an Alabamian and a Mobilian. Our celebration of him in Mobile on October 7 is to give those who knew him and his works, or admired him and his works, an opportunity to come together in tribute to him.”

 

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