Zoology Ernst Mayr dies

Discussion in 'Zoology' started by Aubiefan05, Feb 4, 2005.

  1. Aubiefan05

    Aubiefan05 Member

    I wasn't sure which forum to put this thread in, I started to put in Biology but decided Zoology might be more fitting...here is the article I read on it. This is really a sad day for science, I was stunned when I read the news (although he definitely lived a full life)


    Evolutionary Biologist Ernst Mayr Dies




    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Ernst Mayr, one of the world's leading
    evolutionary biologists, has died at 100.



    The longtime Harvard University faculty member died Thursday at a
    retirement community in Bedford.


    His work in the 1930s and '40s, while a curator at the American
    Museum of Natural History in New York, established him as a leading
    neo-Darwinist, supporting a theory of evolution that is a
    combination of Darwin's natural selection theory and modern
    genetics.


    In his travels in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, Mayr showed,
    unlike Darwin, that species can arise from isolated populations.


    "Professor Mayr's contributions to Harvard University and to the
    field of evolutionary biology were extraordinary by any measure,"
    Harvard history professor William C. Kirby said, calling Mayr
    a "leading mind of the 20th century."


    Mayr "shaped and articulated modern understanding of biodiversity
    and related fields," Kirby said.


    Born in Kempten, Germany, Mayr joined the Harvard faculty in 1953 as
    a zoology professor and led Harvard's Comparative Zoology museum
    from 1961 to 1970. He retired in 1975.


    He is survived by two daughters, five grandchildren and 10 great-
    grandchildren.
     
  2. mscbkc070904

    mscbkc070904 Premium Member

    I read some more on him, he was a true scholar of biology. He contributed much to that dept and to science as a whole. He lived a very good life and expeditious one.