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George C. Williams (1926–2010)

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Science  01 Oct 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6000, pp. 49
DOI: 10.1126/science.1197701

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It has become a cliché that Charles Darwin would not have succeeded as a scientist today. He would not have won big research grants and did not have the mathematics to be a “theorist” by today's conventions. But the cliché is wrong—for George Williams succeeded. Williams published books, rather than articles in “high impact journals”; he never won huge grants, did not head a big research group, and seldom used mathematics, yet he became one of the most respected figures in late–20th-century evolutionary biology. On 8 September, George Williams died at the age of 84.