Edward Osborne Wilson is an American biologist (Myrmecology, a branch of entomology), researcher (sociobiology, biodiversity), theorist (consilience, biophilia), and naturalist (conservationism). Wilson is known for his career as a scientist, his advocacy for environmentalism, and his secular humanist ideas concerned with religious and ethical matters.
A Harvard professor for four decades, he has written twenty books, won two Pulitzer prizes, and discovered hundreds of new species. Considered to be one of the world's greatest living scientists, Dr. Wilson is often called "the father of biodiversity," (a word that he coined). He is the Pellegrino University Research Professor, Emeritus in Entomology for the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University and a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He is a Humanist Laureate of the International Academy of Humanism.
Topic: The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation
E.O. Wilson: It's one of the organizations is designed to promote studies, the protection and the use of biodiversity, which is the variety of life on earth that ranges all the way from our ecosystem, like forests and lakes to the species, all varieties of species, kinds of animals, plants and microorganisms to genes. And this particular organization is now most interested in science education because about 30 percent, perhaps, of Americans know what biodiversity is, even that fraction is very unsure in their hard about why it is important.
Recorded on: 6/19/08