Death – Famed naturalist E.O. Wilson, ‘Darwin’s natural heir,’ dies at 92

Death – Obituary

Famed naturalist Edward O. Wilson, or E.O. Wilson, has died at the age of 92. The biologist, author and teacher was the world’s top authority on the study of ants and called Charles Darwin’s “natural heir.” 

Wilson died Dec. 26 in Burlington, Massachusetts, according to a statement released by the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, a conservation organization Wilson co-founded in 2005.  

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.