Pioneering paradigms and magnificent manifestos – leigh van valen’s priceless contributions to evolutionary biology

Liow, Lee Hsiang, Carl Simpson, Frédéric Bouchard, John Damuth, Benedikt Hallgrimsson, Gene Hunt, Daniel W. McShea, Jeffery Powell, Nils Christian Stenseth, Melissa Stoller & Gunter Wagner. 2011. Pioneering Paradigms and Magnificent Manifestos – Leigh Van Valen’s priceless contributions to evolutionary biology. Evolution. 65(4) 917-922. DOI: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01242.x pdf

Evolutionary biology lost a unique, broad, creative, and influential thinker when Leigh Van Valen1 passed away on October 16, 2010 in Chicago at the age of 75. He was Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago and served on the Committees on Evolutionary Biology, Conceptual Foundations of Science and Genetics. Unwritten ideas still coursed through his ceaselessly active mind as he fought and lost his last battle against phylogenetically distant and diverse microbes.

The website archives, with free access, all of Leigh’s papers and all issues of his journal, Evolutionary Theory.