Richard Lewontin

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Richard Lewontin
Richard Charles Lewontin

(1929-03-29)March 29, 1929
DiedJuly 4, 2021(2021-07-04) (aged 92)
Alma materHarvard University (BS)
Columbia University (PhD)
Known forEvolutionary biology
Population genetics
AwardsSewall Wright Award (1994), Crafoord Prize (2015), Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal (2017)
Scientific career
Evolutionary biology
Population genetics
InstitutionsHarvard University
North Carolina State University
University of Rochester
University of Chicago
Columbia University
ThesisThe Effects of Population Density and Composition on Viability in Drosophila melanogaster (1955)
Doctoral advisorTheodosius Dobzhansky[1]
Doctoral studentsJoseph Felsenstein
Jerry Coyne
Russell Lande
Martin Kreitman[2]

Richard Charles Lewontin (March 29, 1929 – July 4, 2021) was an American evolutionary biologist, mathematician, geneticist, and social commentator.[3][4]

From 1973 to 1998, he held an endowed chair in zoology and biology at Harvard University, and from 2003 until his death in 2021 had been a research professor there.

Lewontin died on July 4, 2021 in Brattleboro, Vermont, at the age of 92.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Richard Lewontin at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. Kreitman, Martin Edward (1983). Nucleotide Sequence Variation of Alcohol dehydrogenase in Drosophila melanogaster (PhD thesis). Harvard University. ProQuest 303271509.
  3. Lewontin, R. C.; Hubby, J. L. (1966). "A molecular approach to the study of genic heterozygosity in natural populations. II. Amount of variation and degree of heterozygosity in natural populations of Drosophila pseudoobscura". Genetics. 54 (2): 595–609. doi:10.1093/genetics/54.2.595. PMC 1211186. PMID 5968643.
  4. Hubby, J. L.; Lewontin, R. C. (1966). "A molecular approach to the study of genic heterozygosity in natural populations. I. The number of alleles at different loci in Drosophila pseudoobscura". Genetics. 54 (2): 577–594. doi:10.1093/genetics/54.2.577. PMC 1211185. PMID 5968642.
  5. "Richard Lewontin: Pioneering evolutionary biologist dies aged 92". New Scientist. July 5, 2021. Retrieved July 5, 2021.