Recordações de E.O. Wilson (1929 - 2021)

Image of E.O. Wilson sitting in a chair outside.

Since the passing of E.O. Wilson at age 92 on Dezembro 26, an outpouring of condolences, remembrances, and tributes have been shared from around the world. World leaders, distinguished scientists, former students, and conservation giants have offered their thoughts on the incredible impact and inspiration “Ed” had on their lives. 

The 42nd US President William J. Clinton wrote, “E.O. Wilson taught us so much about the importance of preserving our rich biodiversity, and perhaps more significant today, how cooperation, not conflict, has enabled humanity to survive and thrive. His later books left us a roadmap for the future.”

Dr. Wilson, a pioneering ecologist, entomologist, author, and teacher for over 70 years, influenced the fields of biology, philosophy, sociology and more. He had thousands of students at Harvard University and his research, lectures, and writings influenced countless more.

“E.O. Wilson’s messages reached millions, whether in the classroom, the field, or through his writings. His love of the natural world taught us to observe wildlife with razor sharp curiosity,” shared Dr. Elizabeth Gray of the National Audubon Society.

“Every conservationist and ecologist owes their career path in some way to Ed,” offered Dr. M. Sanjayan of Conservation International.”

A U.S. medal of Science winner, two-time Pulitzer prize winner, and author of over 30 works, including the groundbreaking works Sociobiology, Consilience, and Half-Earth, the world came to know him through his writings which profoundly shaped modern science.

John Francis, formerly at the National Geographic Society and a longtime friend offered, “There’s no one like him who has the power of writing along this difficult frontier in a way that’s so careful and wonderful and rich.”

Robert Weil, Dr. Wilson’s editor of more than 20 years at Norton remarked in his tribute, “Like most things that Ed wrote about in that last, long feverish spurt of creative genius, he remained most concerned about the parlous state of our environment and worked tirelessly, with Paula Ehrlich (CEO & President of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation) and so many others, to use his inestimable clout to make a difference.”

Known as “Darwin’s natural heir,” many came to know Dr. Wilson through his rich and significant contributions to the study of human behavior, science, philosophy and conservation. However, E.O. Wilson knew the synthesis of these things would lead to a deeper understanding of our natural world and our place in it.

Wilson once shared, “We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.”

Friend and supporter of the Half-Earth Project, James M. Stone reflected, “His contribution to our understanding of social insect behavior and communication would have been enough to earn him enduring admiration.  His seminal contributions to the field of human behavioral evolution would similarly have been sufficient by themselves.  And his powerful influence on so many people’s sense of responsibility toward our planet and all of its other living occupants would alone have made him a giant. Who else can claim achievements of that magnitude in three different arenas?”

Already in the midst of a long and stupendous scientific career, Dr. Wilson eventually came to focus attention on the degradation of the environment.

Wilson has said, “A very Faustian choice is upon us: whether to accept our corrosive and risky behavior as the unavoidable price of population and economic growth, or to take stock of ourselves and search for a new environmental ethic.”

Many of Dr. Wilson’s admirers and devotees acknowledged the impact of Dr. Wilson’s challenge to humanity to act together to save the biosphere.

Greg Carr, President at the Gorongosa Restoration Project reflected, “Professor Wilson amplified his scientific understanding of life into a love of all living creatures and a respect for the dignity of all human beings. He taught all of us that self-awareness is a blessed wonder, the variety of living forms miraculous, and worship of Nature a spiritual activity.”

Dawn Wright, Chief Scientist at Esri shared, “Our great friend E.O. Wilson, a truly special, wonderful Earthling, will be deeply missed by the conservation and the GIS community! Nevertheless, his message remains clear and we continue the work in earnest.” 

Carter S. Roberts of the World Wildlife Fund offered, “His 2016 book, Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, delivered a call to arms to set aside half the planet if we hoped to save life on Earth, including our own. It laid the groundwork for the conservation community’s current vision of protecting 30% of the planet by 2030 as a step toward that vision.”

Most of all, the many notes shared about Dr. Wilson’s passing sought to reflect on his uncanny ability to center his attention on whomever he was engaged with, understand them, and then offer encouragement.

Former student and entomologist, Dr. Corrie Moreau shared, “Few people on the planet have ever had the impact that E.O. Wilson has had.  This is not only due to his brilliant and innovative mind, but his generous personality and belief that anyone could make important contribution to biodiversity.”

Alabama Middle School History Teacher of the Year, Jaclyn Foster wrote, “I am so sad to learn of the passing of legendary scientist Dr. E.O. Wilson. I will never forget the time he spent with myself, my son, and my students helping them with their National Geographic Education projects for the Geo Challenge.”

Put simply Dr. Wilson believed in himself, and he believed in people. His belief is at the core of the work of the Half-Earth Project, the mobilization of humanity to a higher purpose, to save the natural world by conserving half the land and seas for nature.

Dr. Wilson once said, “You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give.”


A series of additional tributes have been published here. To share your memorial about Dr. Wilson please email us at

A celebration of E.O. Wilson’s life is planned for 2022.


OBITUARIES (updated Jan. 4, 2022)

NY Times

E.O. Wilson, um pioneiro da biologia evolutiva, morre aos 92 anos


E.O. Wilson, naturalista apelidado de Darwin moderno, morre aos 92 anos

Reuters EUA

E.O. Wilson, naturalista apelidado de Darwin dos tempos modernos, morre aos 92 anos

Associated Press

Edward O. Wilson, biólogo conhecido como "homem-formiga", morre aos 92 anos


E.O. Wilson, famoso entomologista e pioneiro no domínio da sociobiologia, morre aos 92 anos

NPR (rádio)

Morre aos 92 anos o biólogo E.O. Wilson, que influenciou a forma como as pessoas vêem a evolução e a natureza

Washington Post

Edward O. Wilson, frequentemente citado como o herdeiro de Darwin, morre aos 92 anos

Boston Globe

E.O. Wilson, biólogo evolucionista que mudou a nossa forma de ver o mundo, morre aos 92 anos

Los Angeles Times

E.O. Wilson, biólogo vencedor do Prémio Pulitzer, conhecido como o "homem formiga", morre aos 92 anos

Jornal de Notícias

Edward O. Wilson, biólogo conhecido como "Homem Formiga", morre aos 92 anos


E.O. Wilson, conhecido como o "Pai da Biodiversidade", morre aos 92 anos

A Colina

Edward O. Wilson, o "Darwin dos tempos modernos", morre aos 92 anos

WBUR, All Things Considered (rádio)

E.O. Wilson, biólogo pioneiro de Harvard conhecido como "homem formiga", morre aos 92 anos


Edward O. Wilson, biólogo conhecido como "homem-formiga", morre aos 92 anos


Episódio: Recordar o Arcebispo Desmond Tutu (início às 19:24)

Huffington Post

E.O. Wilson, o "Pai da Biodiversidade", morre aos 92 anos

BBC Notícias

Morre aos 92 anos o grande naturalista americano EO Wilson, apelidado de "herdeiro de Darwin

Rádio BBC 

Newsday (a partir de 52.59)

O Guardião

Edward O Wilson, naturalista conhecido como um "Darwin dos tempos modernos", morre aos 92 anos

Diário de Notícias

Morre aos 92 anos o biólogo Edward O. Wilson, conhecido como "homem-formiga" e que chegou a ser apelidado de "herdeiro natural de Darwin

El Pais (Espanha)

Morto aos 92 anos, Edward O. Wilson, o pai da biodiversidade

O Irish Times

Morre Edward Wilson, pioneiro da biologia evolutiva, aos 92 anos

Deutsche Welle

Morre Edward O. Wilson, biólogo norte-americano de renome, aos 92 anos

ABC News (AP)

Edward O. Wilson, biólogo conhecido como "homem-formiga", morre aos 92 anos

França 24

Morreu aos 92 anos o cientista E.O. Wilson, apelidado de Darwin dos tempos modernos

FoxNews10 Mobile, Alabama (Reportagem televisiva)

Morre E.O. Wilson, biólogo de renome e natural do Alabama, aos 92 anos

NBC News

Edward O. Wilson, biólogo conhecido como "homem-formiga" e "herdeiro natural de Darwin", morre aos 92 anos

CBS Notícias

Edward O. Wilson, biólogo pioneiro de Harvard conhecido como "Homem Formiga", morto aos 92 anos


E.O. Wilson, o "pai da biodiversidade", morto aos 92 anos

National Geographic

E.O. Wilson, "o herdeiro natural de Darwin", morre aos 92 anos


Os biólogos E.O. Wilson e Thomas Lovejoy falecem, deixando legados incríveis

A revista The New Yorker

Honrando o legado de E. O. Wilson e Tom Lovejoy

A Conversação (Doug Tallamy)

A paixão de toda a vida de E.O. Wilson pelas formigas ajudou-o a ensinar aos humanos como viver de forma sustentável com a natureza

O Cientista

E.O. Wilson, famoso investigador de formigas, morre aos 92 anos


O mundo natural perde dois dos seus maiores defensores

Scientific American

O complicado legado de E. O. Wilson


Morreu aos 92 anos o cientista E.O. Wilson, apelidado de Darwin dos tempos modernos

Novo Jornal Americano

E.O. Wilson, pioneiro da biologia evolutiva e dos estudos científicos sobre formigas e comportamento humano, morre aos 92 anos

Ciência Viva

O famoso naturalista E.O. Wilson, "herdeiro natural de Darwin", morre aos 92 anos

"Famoso de uma forma que poucos alabianos alguma vez serão": O legado de E.O. Wilson no Alabama recordado após a sua morte

Crimson White (Universidade do Alabama)

E.O. Wilson, ex-aluno da UA e "pai da sociobiologia", morre aos 9 anos

Centro de Notícias da Universidade do Alabama

UA lamenta a morte da lenda E.O. Wilson

O biólogo pioneiro E. O. Wilson tinha grandes ligações ao Alabama


E.O. Wilson, biólogo cujo trabalho sobre as formigas conduziu a grandes descobertas

Rádio Times

A Dra. Paula Ehrlich reflecte sobre o falecimento de E.O. Wilson (1929 - 2021) (a partir de 1:51).


O último sonho de E.O. Wilson

WBUR / Cognoscenti

Eis como devemos comemorar E.O. Wilson

O Harvard Crimson

E.O. Wilson, renomado biólogo de Harvard conhecido como "herdeiro natural de Darwin", morre aos 92 anos (Piotr Naskręcki, Paula Ehrlich)

A Gazeta de Harvard

"Procura até encontrares uma paixão e dá tudo por tudo na sua expressão"

Boston Globe

A "Consiliência" de E.O. Wilson - que conceito (carta)

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