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February 04, 2005

Ernst Mayer dies at 100

Ernst Mayr, giant among evolutionary biologists, dies at 100.

When a friend of mine mentioned running into Ernst Mayr at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology I was shocked that he was still alive, I'd assumed Mayer had to have been dead. Unfortunately, that time is now.

Update: Those who haven't should check out this post, Ernst Mayr on Race. Additionally, let me add that I greatly admire Mayr's contribution to the Neo-Darwinian Synthesis though I thought he went a little far is decrying the power of reductionism in biology, yet from what I gather in Natural Selection and Social Theory Mayr was the most important factor in securing Robert Triver's early career as a grad student at Harvard.

Posted by razib at 11:06 AM