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John Maynard Smith
|Died||19 April 2004
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge and University College London|
|Known for||Game theory
Evolution of sex
|Awards||Balzan Prize (1991)
Copley Medal (1999)
Kyoto Prize (2001)
Linnean Society of London's Darwin-Wallace Medal (2008)
Fellow of the Royal Society (1977)
|Fields||Evolutionary biologist and geneticist|
|Institutions||University of Sussex|
|Doctoral advisor||J.B.S. Haldane|
|Doctoral students||Andrew Pomiankowski
John Maynard Smith, FRS (6 January 1920 – 19 April 2004) was a British theoretical evolutionary biologist and geneticist. Originally an aeronautical engineer during the Second World War, he then took a second degree in genetics under the well-known biologist J.B.S. Haldane. Maynard Smith was instrumental in the application of game theory to evolution and theorized on other problems such as the evolution of sex and signalling theory.
He won most of the awards available to scientists:
- Fellow, Royal Society (1977)
- Darwin Medal (1986)
- Frink Medal (1990)
- Balzan Prize (1991)
- Linnean Medal (1995)
- Royal Medal (1997)
- Crafoord Prize (1999)
- Copley Medal (1999)
- Kyoto Prize (2001)
- Darwin-Wallace Award (2008). This was at the time awarded every 50 years by the Linnean Society of London. Maynard Smith was one of thirteen co-recipients.
Maynard Smith has an Erdős number of four.
- Maynard Smith J. 1968. Mathematical ideas in biology. Cambridge University Press. ISBN
- Maynard Smith J. 1974. Models in ecology. Cambridge University Press. ISBN
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