G. C. Williams (never known as “George”), one of the last generation’s most famous evolutionists, died on Wednesday. He was best known for his work on sex ratios and inclusive fitness, and above all for his book Adaptation and Natural Selection (1966), which, along with Dawkins’s Selfish Gene, was enormously influential in promoting the gene-centered view of evolution among my generation of biologists.
Michael Ruse wrote a nice obituary in The Chronicle of Higher Education. and, over at Edge, John Brockman offers his own reminiscences about Williams, an excerpt from Williams’s writing, and some older tributes to the man by various scientific luminaries.
George C. Williams (1926-2010)