One of World's Most Renowned Scientists at Willamette Thursday

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward O. Wilson, considered to be one of the world's greatest living scientists, will speak tomorrow night at 8 p.m. in Smith Auditorium at Willamette University. His free lecture will address "The Future of Life."

Wilson is one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century. His groundbreaking research, original thinking, and scientific and popular writing have changed the way we think of nature and our place in it. Wilson is a research professor and museum curator at Harvard University. He has received many of the world's leading prizes for his research in science, his environmental activism, and his writing. Wilson has been a leader in the fields of entomology, animal behavior and evolutionary psychology, island biogeography, biodiversity, environmental ethics and the philosophy of knowledge.

He has written groundbreaking books and articles on all of these subjects. Two of his non-fiction books, "The Ants" (1990, with Bert Hobler) and "On Human Nature" (1978), have won Pulitzer Prizes. "The Diversity of Life" (1992) and "Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge" (1998), two of his more recent books, have been applauded for their graceful, creative and constructive approaches to challenging subjects. In "The Diversity of Life" and "The Future of Life" he conveys his deep concern for humanity's degradation of our planet's ecosystems. His commitment to protecting our natural heritage has brought him to the forefront of environmental activism.

Free tickets can be picked up between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Information Desk in the University Center on campus.