W. D. Hamilton

Psychologist, Academic

1936 – 2000

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Who was W. D. Hamilton?

William Donald "Bill" Hamilton, FRS was an English evolutionary biologist, widely recognised as one of the greatest evolutionary theorists of the 20th century.

Hamilton became famous through his theoretical work expounding a rigorous genetic basis for the existence of kin selection and altruism, an insight that was a key part of the development of a gene-centric view of evolution. He is considered one of the forerunners of sociobiology, as popularized by E. O. Wilson. Hamilton also published important work on sex ratios and the evolution of sex. From 1984 to his death in 2000, he was a Royal Society Research Professor at Oxford University.

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Born
Aug 1, 1936
Cairo
Also known as
  • W. D Hamilton
Religion
  • Atheism
Nationality
  • United Kingdom
Profession
Education
  • London School of Economics
  • St John's College, Cambridge
  • University College London
  • University of Cambridge
  • Tonbridge School
Died
Mar 7, 2000
Fitzrovia

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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