About Ernst Mayr

Ernst Mayr is one of the twentieth century's leading evolutionary biologists. His work has contributed to the conceptual revolution that led to the synthesis of Mendelian genetics and Darwinian evolution, and to the development of the biological species concept. Dr. Mayr received his Ph.D. from the University of Berlin and immigrated to the United States in 1930, where he worked at the American Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. Dr. Mayr is Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, Emeritus, at Harvard University. He is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the National Medal of Science, the Balzan Prize, and the Japan Prize. His publications include Systematics and the Origin of Species (1942), Animal Species and Evolution (1963), The Growth of Biological Thought (1982). Between 1943 and 1952 Dr. Mayer spent ten consecutive summers at Cold Spring harbor laboratory.