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John Maynard Smith
Born6 January 1920(1920-01-06)
London, England
Died19 April 2004(2004-04-19) (aged 84)
Lewes, East Sussex, England
NationalityBritish
FieldsEvolutionary biologist and geneticist
InstitutionsUniversity of Sussex
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge and University College London
Doctoral advisorJ.B.S. Haldane
Doctoral studentsAndrew Pomiankowski
Sean Nee
Known forGame theory
Evolution of sex
Signalling theory
Notable awardsBalzan Prize (1991)
Copley Medal (1999)
Kyoto Prize (2001)
Linnean Society of London's Darwin-Wallace Medal (2008)
Fellow of the Royal Society (1977)

John Maynard Smith,[1] 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.

Awards

He won most of the awards available to scientists:

Maynard Smith has an Erdős number of four.

Books

  • Maynard Smith J. 1958. The theory of evolution. London, Penguin Books.

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    ISBN 0-14-020433-4
  • Maynard Smith J. 1968. Mathematical ideas in biology. Cambridge University Press. ISBN
  • Maynard Smith J. 1972. On evolution. Edinburgh University Press.

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    ISBN 0-85224-223-9
  • Maynard Smith J. 1974. Models in ecology. Cambridge University Press. ISBN
  • Maynard Smith J. 1978. The evolution of sex. Cambridge University Press.

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    ISBN 0-521-29302-2
  • Maynard Smith J. (ed) 1981. Evolution now. London, Macmillan.

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    ISBN 0-7167-1426-4
  • Maynard Smith J. 1982. Evolution and the theory of games. Cambridge University Press.

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    ISBN 0-521-28884-3
  • Maynard Smith J. 1986. The problems of biology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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    ISBN 0-19-289198-7
  • Maynard Smith J. 1988. Did Darwin get it right?: essays on games, sex and evolution. London, Chapman & Hall.

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    ISBN 0-412-03821-8
  • Maynard Smith J. 1989. Evolutionary genetics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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    ISBN 0-19-850231-1
  • Maynard Smith J. and Szathmáry E. 1997. The major transitions in evolution. New York: Oxford University Press.

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    ISBN 0-19-850294-X
  • Maynard Smith J. and Szathmáry E. 1999. The origins of life: from the birth of life to the origin of language. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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    ISBN 0-19-286209-X
  • Maynard Smith J. and Harper D. 2003. Animal signals. Oxford University Press.

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    ISBN 0-19-852685-7

References

  1. His surname was Maynard Smith, not Smith, nor was it hyphenated.