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Colinvaux , Paul


Born: September 22, 1930

Ohio connection: Former Resident

Paul Alfred Colinvaux was born in St. Albans, England, the son of Flora Kingsman. He received a B.A. degree from Jesus College in Cambridge, England, in 1956; an M.A. in 1960 from the same institution, and a Ph.D. from Duke University in 1962. He married Llewellya W. Hillis in 1961 and they had two children, Catherine and Roger. He worked as a pedologist in New Brunswick, Canada, and as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Belfast and Yale University. In 1964, he took a position as an assistant professor at The Ohio State University. He later became professor of zoology, a position he held until his retirement. His books include The Environment of Crowded Men; Introduction to Ecology; The Fates of Nations: A Biological Theory of History; Ecology; and Ecology Two. He was the author of a twenty-part television series, What Ecology Really Says, and has contributed to such journals as Yale Review, Science, Nature, Ecology, and Quarterly Review of Archeology. He lives in Miami, Florida, and is an emeritus faculty member at The Ohio State University.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization postdoctoral fellowship, 1962-63; outstanding or distinguished teaching awards at The Ohio State University from Student Council, College of Biological Sciences, 1970, The Ohio State University Alumni Association, 1971, and College of Arts and Sciences, 1972; Guggenheim fellowship in London, 1971-72; Ohioana Book Award in field of science, 1978.