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George C. Williams
Professor George Christopher Williams (b. May 12, 1926) is an American evolutionary biologist.
Williams is a professor emeritus of biology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is best known for his vigorous critique of group selection. In his first book, Adaptation and Natural Selection, he argued that adaptation was an "onerous" concept that should only be invoked when necessary, and, that, when it is necessary, selection among genes or individuals would in general be the preferable explanation for it. He elaborated this view in later books and papers, which contributed to the development of a gene-centered view of evolution. He is also well known for his work on the evolution of sex, which is also informed by his interest in the unit of selection.
Williams received a Ph.D. in biology from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1955. At Stony Brook he taught courses in marine vertebrate zoology, and he often uses ichthyological examples in his books.
He is also an advocate of evolutionary medicine.
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