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Maynard Smith, John

Born: 1920 AD
Died: 2004 AD
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.