Ford Doolittle

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Ford Doolittle in 2016.

W. Ford Doolittle FRSC (born February 21, 1941 in Urbana, Illinois)[1] is Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.[2]  

Doolittle is an evolutionary and molecular biologist. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and other awards.[3][4][5]

Doolittle studied cyanobacteria. He found evidence for the endosymbiont origins of chloroplasts. He has a theory for the initial evolution of eukaryotes. He has shown why horizontal gene transfer is important to prokaryotic evolution.

In 1981, Doolittle received notice for his article in The CoEvolution Quarterly entitled "Is Nature Really Motherly?". This was a criticism of J. E. Lovelock's formulation of the Gaia Theory. Doolittle's article is often cited by Lovelock's critics.

Doolittle thinks the idea of an all-encompassing Tree of Life is wrong. However, he is not a supporter of intelligent design. A single common ancestor and tree of all of life on Earth is not the only way evolution could have happened.

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  1. Owens, Brian (April 11, 2014). "W. Ford Doolittle". science.ca. GCS Research Society. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 May 2008. Retrieved 27 June 2008.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. "Gruppe 6: Cellebiologi og molekylærbiologi" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
  4. "Government of Canada Announces Top Award Winners in Natural Sciences and Engineering Research".
  5. "Killam Prizes: 2017 Winners". Killam Program. Canada Council for the Arts. Retrieved 9 June 2017.