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Maynard Smith, John

Born: 1920 AD
Died: 2004 AD, at 84 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Biologists, Scientist


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.


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