George C Williams

When I was a Canadian undergraduate student in the early 90’s, I spent my summers reading classic works in evolutionary biology. One of those works was Adaptation and Natural Selection: A Critique of Some Current Evolutionary Thought (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press) by George C. Williams published in 1966. George contributed a lot to my own thinking about evolution and philosophy of science. It was not until the year 2000 that I actually met him — he was lamenting the fact  that he could not continue to intellectually spar with the late WD Hamilton FRS about their different explanations for the evolution of sexual reproduction. It is with great sadness to learn that he is no longer with us — however his ideas will surely live on in the mental swarms of evolutionary students and scientists for years to come. 

For more information see Richard Dawkins’ site:

http://richarddawkins.net/articles/514884-george-c-williams-1926-2010

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I study behaviour and evolution. This space is about sharing with others notable (and sometimes unexpected) findings that relate to my own scientific interests and research.
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