Last updated on: 3/26/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Edward O. Wilson, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biology at Harvard University
Position:
Pro to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“Homosexuality is normal in a biological sense, that it is a distinctive beneficial behavior that evolved as an important element in human social organization. Homosexuals may be the genetic carriers of some of mankind’s rare altruistic impulses.”

On Human Nature, 1978

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to human sexuality. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to human sexuality.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Harvard University, Pellegrino University Research Professor, Emeritus
  • Board of Directors: Conservation International (1997-present), American Museum of Natural History (1993-present), The Nature Conservancy (1993-present), American Academy for Liberal Education (1992-present), New York Botanical Garden (1992-1995), World Wildlife Fund (1984-1994), Marine Biological Laboratories (1976-1980)
  • Presidential Citation, American Psychological Association, 1999
  • Crafoord Prize, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, 1990
  • National Medal of Science, 1976
  • Distinguished Service Award, American Institute of Biological Sciences, 1976
  • Pulitzer Prize winning author of On Human Nature (1979) and The Ants (1991)
  • President of the Society for the Study of Evolution, 1973
Education:
  • PhD, Biology, Harvard University, 1955
  • MS, Biology, University of Alabama, 1950
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?