George Williams, 1926-2010

George C. Williams died on September 8, 2010 at the age of 84.  Without him, there would be no field of Darwinian medicine.   His influence was far broader, however.  He made seminal contributions to our understanding of sex, senescence, menopause and much more.  Anything that did not quite fit an easy evolutionary understanding grabbed his attention, and he did not let go until he had an answer.  He will be sorely missed by many.

Memories and obituaries will pour in.  We will list many of them here.  Please add more by leaving a reply below.

Memorial comments by:

Michael Ruse in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Randolph Nesse in The Skeptical Adapatationist

John Brockman and EDGE authors

Carl Zimmer in Discover

Richard Dawkins in

National Center for Science Education

Norman Johnson in Scitable

David Sloan Wilson in Science Blogs

Nicholas Wade in The New York Times

Laura Betzig on The Evolution and Medicine Review

Douglas Futuyma on EvoDir

Richard Dawkins in Science


  1. September 10, 2010    

    Brief obituary from the National Center for Science Education:

  2. September 10, 2010    

    Brief memorial statement by Richard Dawkins:

  3. September 11, 2010    
  4. September 12, 2010    
  5. September 14, 2010    

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