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Thomas Eisner (1929–2011)

Science  29 Apr 2011:
Vol. 332, Issue 6029, pp. 549
DOI: 10.1126/science.1206758

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With the passing of Thomas Eisner on 25 March 2011, at the age of 81, the world has lost one of its most original and influential scientists. We owe the development of the contemporary discipline of chemical ecology largely to him. Eisner was fascinated by insects throughout his childhood. Wherever he found himself, he would observe in meticulous detail the behaviors of his favorite “bugs,” carefully noticing how these marvelously diverse creatures managed their interactions with one another and with their environment. He maintained a lifelong curiosity and regard for insects and their chemical treasures.