Mathematician:John Maynard Smith

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English theoretical evolutionary biologist and geneticist.

Originally an aeronautical engineer during the Second World War.

Instrumental in the application of game theory to evolution.




  • Born: 6 January 1920 in London, England
  • Died: 19 April 2004 in Lewes, East Sussex, England


  • 1958: The Theory of Evolution
  • 1968: Mathematical Ideas in Biology
  • 1972: On Evolution
  • 1973: The Logic of Animal Conflict (with George Robert Price)
  • 1974: Models in Ecology
  • 1978: The Evolution of Sex
  • 1981: Evolution Now (as editor)
  • 1982: Evolution and the Theory of Games
  • 1986: The Problems of Biology
  • 1988: Did Darwin Get it Right?: Essays on Games, Sex and Evolution
  • 1989: Evolutionary Genetics
  • 1997: The Major Transitions in Evolution (with Eörs Szathmáry)
  • 1999: The Origins of Life: From the Birth of Life to the Origin of Language (with Eörs Szathmáry)
  • 2003: Animal Signals (with David George Charles Harper)