Join E.O. Wilson, who is an Honorary Professor at Harvard University and generally recognised as one of the world’s leading scientists, for a very special keynote lecture filmed for this year’s Half-Earth Day®. This new lecture, Ecosystems and the Harmony of Nature, is a clarion call for a “Linnean renaissance” – to redouble our efforts to discover, name and map all life on earth so it can be protected. A fascinating watch, this film is for anyone keen to understand the value of taxonomy, that aims to map the species of our planet to drive the decision-making that will help to save it.
Edward O. Wilson is currently Honorary Curator in Entomology and University Research Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, Chairman of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation Board of Advisors, and Chairman of the Half-Earth Council. He is generally recognised as one of the leading scientists in the world. he is also recognised as one of the foremost naturalists in both science and literature, as well as a synthesizer in works stretching from pure biology across to the social sciences and humanities. Wilson is acknowledged as the creator of two scientific disciplines (island biogeography and sociobiology), three unifying concepts for science and the humanities jointly (biophilia, biodiversity studies, and consilience), and two major advances in global biodiversity conservation (the Encyclopedia of Life and Half-Earth).
Among more than one hundred awards he has received worldwide are the U.S. National Medal of Science, the Crafoord Prize (equivalent of the Nobel, for ecology) of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and the International Prize of Biology of Japan; and in letters, two Pulitzer Prizes in non-fiction, the Nonino and Serono Prizes of Italy and COSMOS Prize of Japan. For his work in conservation, he has received the Gold MEdal of the Worldwide Fund for Nature and the Audubon Medal of the Audubon Society. His latest lecture, “Ecosystems & the Harmony of Nature”, was presented at Half-Earth Day® 2021 in October 2021. The authorised biography of E.O. Wilson, “SCIENTIST, Edward O. Wilson: A Life in Nature” by Richard Rhodes was published in November 2021 by Doubleday.