Professor Edward O. Wilson in his office at Harvard University in 2012. (Rick Friedman/Corbis via Getty Images)

Edward O. Wilson beat the 1970s version of the woke mob with the power of science.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE H ave you ever wondered just what those ants are so busy doing all the time? Edward O. Wilson did, and by the time he was 30, he was the world’s leading authority on the subject. In a career that spanned 70 years, most of them at Harvard University, Dr. Wilson became one of the most influential — and, for a time, controversial — scientists in the world. When he died on December 26 in Burlington, Mass., he was hailed as “Darwin’s natural heir” by the foundation that bears his name. And that is no exaggeration. Wilson was perhaps the greatest


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