EarthSky – a clear voice for science – today announced the selection of E.O. Wilson as the 2010 EarthSky Science Communicator of the Year. The selection was made by EarthSky’s 600+ Global Science Advisors, who voted overwhelmingly during fall 2010 to select Dr. Wilson from among many excellent candidates. EarthSky interviewed Dr. Wilson in Boston last week and will release a video of that interview in early 2011. Here’s a sneak preview.
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Dr. Edward Osborne (“E.O.”) Wilson is highly respected as a biologist, theorist, conservationist, and author. He is a professor emeritus and honorary curator of entomology at Harvard University, where he worked for four decades. He is known for his pioneering research on how ants communicate using chemical signals, and for originating sociobiology, a scientific field that attempts to explain the social behavior of animal species. Dr. Wilson has written over 20 books, including The Diversity of Life, and his most recent book, Kingdom of Ants. He has received over 100 awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes for non-fiction.
EarthSky – producer of the internationally syndicated science podcasts in English and Spanish – serves as a platform for scientists to speak on important issues facing the 21st century. Through its global broadcast network and online outlets, EarthSky creates 15 million media impressions for science and scientists every day. In other words, people hear, watch or read the words of scientists – via EarthSky – that often every day.
The EarthSky Science Communicator of the Year award was established in 2008. Previous winners include James Hansen (2008) and Neil de Grasse Tyson (2009).
The EarthSky promise: “To bring the ideas, strategies and research results of scientists to people around the world, with the goal of illuminating pathways to a sustainable future.”