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Maynard Smith
 
 
From Eton to Sussex, from aircraft engineer to original thinker in evolutionary biology; the life and work of John Maynard Smith, who died in April 2004, is celebrated in this special web focus. A selection of his most important research and writings from a career that spanned over 50 years is presented below and is available free.

A more detailed list featuring more than 50 years of his publications can be found here.


John Maynard Smith (1920-2004)
Eörs Szathmáry and Peter Hammerstein
Nature 429, 258-259 (20 May 2004)



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Disruptive selection, polymorphism and sympatric speciation
Nature 195, 60-62

1962 A seminal paper on speciation, touching upon the dogma that speciation requires geographical separation.

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Natural selection and the concept of protein space
Nature 225, 563-564

1970 Foreshadows concepts now widely applied in studies of molecular evolution, such as �genotype-phenotype mapping�.

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The logic of animal conflict
Nature 246, 15-18

1973 with G. R. Price. Initiation of the field of evolutionary game theory.

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Localized sex in bacteria
Nature 349, 29-31

1991 with Christopher Dowson and Brian Spratt. Shows how the outcome of localized genetic recombination in the bacterial genome can be detected, and what this entails for the species concept in bacteria.

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The major evolutionary transitions
Nature 374, 227-232

1995 with E�rs Szathm�ry. A first synopsis of the landmark transitions in evolution, from the origin of life to the origins of language and of human cooperation.

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Professor J. B. S. Haldane, FRS
Nature 206, 239-240

1965 The obituary of notice for Haldane, a powerful influence on Maynard Smith�s career. Note how this article from the Nature archive indicates that Maynard Smith was paid 63 shillings for this piece. In 1998, he also wrote the Nature obituary of Sewall Wright, another of the great figures of twentieth-century genetics.

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Evolution: The games lizards play
Nature 380, 198-199

1996 A typically lucid News & Views article, with Maynard Smith here discussing a report of how a newly observed animal behaviour fits in with evolutionary theory.

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