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Sept. 29, 2010
Pulitzer Prize Recipient to Discuss Biodiversity during DeCoursey Lecture
ANTONIO – Edward O. Wilson, two-time
Pulitzer Prize recipient, will present the Trinity University DeCoursey
Lecture for the 2010-2011 academic year at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, in
Laurie Auditorium. The title of his talk is “Biodiversity and the Future of
Life.” His presentation is free and open to the public.
"Wilson’s Law:" If
we save the living environment (the diversity of life) we will also
automatically save the physical environment (threatened by habitat
destruction and pollution), because the first cannot be done without the
latter. Wilson believes that Earth's biodiversity is receiving far less
attention than the physical environment and that Earth is losing species, at
an accelerating rate. He has begun a key initiative now to map all of
biodiversity, of which as many as 90 percent of species remain undiscovered.
This project, and the expansion of biology that will occur with it, will
help to save surviving biodiversity, resulting ultimately in enormous
economic, health, and spiritual benefits.
One of the world’s most distinguished biologists, Wilson
is considered the founder of sociobiology and evolutionary psychology and
developed the base of modern biodiversity conservation.
He has published more than 400 articles and authored more than 20
books. Wilson has received many of
the world's leading prizes, including the Crafoord Prize, the National Medal
of Science, and two Pulitzer Prizes for
The Ants (with Bert Hölldobler)
and On Human Nature.
Wilson has received many of the world's leading prizes,
including the Commander, First Class, Royal Order of the Polar Star, Sweden
(2009); Presidential Medal, Republic of Italy (2002); King Faisal
International Prize for Science, Saudi Arabia (2000); International Prize
for Biology, Government of Japan (1993); Crafoord Prize, Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences (1990); and National Medal of Science (1976).
For his work in conservation, he received the Gold Medals of the
Worldwide Fund for Nature (1990), the National Audubon Society (1995), and
the New York
(2002). Wilson was also awarded the Tyler Prize for
Environmental Achievement (1984) and the Prince Albert II of Monaco
Foundation Award, Principality of Monaco (2009). In 2006, Professor Wilson
received the TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) Prize, where he
introduced the concept of the Encyclopedia of Life - a contemporary, dynamic
web page for every named species.
Doors to Laurie Auditorium will
open at 6:45 p.m. on the evening of the lecture.
The lecture series is made possible by a gift from the late Gen.
Elbert DeCoursey and Mrs. DeCoursey of San Antonio.
more information, contact Trinity’s Department of Academic Affairs at