1920 – John Maynard Smith, born on the 6th of January in London, England. He was a British evolutionary biologist and geneticist.
1941 – Finished his engineering degree at Trinity College Cambridge.
– Married Sheila Matthew, and they were later to have two sons and one daughter (Tony, Carol and Julian).
1942 – 1947 – He applied his degree to military aircraft design.
1951 – He graduated and received a degree in zoology at University College London, including fruit fly genetics under J.B.S. Haldane.
1952 – Became a lecturer in Zoology at UCL.
1956 – He became gradually more disillusioned with communism and became a less active member.
1958 – He published a popular Penguin book The Theory Of Evolution.
1962 – Was one of the founding members of the University of Sussex.
1965 – 1985 – Appointed Dean of the School of Biological Sciences at the newly formed Sussex University.
1965 – He directed the Drosophila lab and conducted research on population genetics.
1973 – Formalised a central concept in game theory called the evolutionarily stable strategy (ESS), based on a verbal argument by George R. Price.
1977 – He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.
1982 – His area of research culminated in his book Evolution and the Theory of Games.
1986 – He was awarded an Darwin Medal.
1991 – Awarded the Balzan Prize of Italy.
1995 – Received the Linnean Medal by The Linnean Society.
1999 – He was awarded the Crafoord Prize jointly with Ernst Mayr and George C. Williams.
2001 – Given the Kyoto Prize.
2003 – His final book, Animal Signals, co-authored with David Harper was published.
2004 – He died, sitting in a high-backed chair and surrounded by books, at his home in Lewes, East Sussex on the 19th of April.