The 1993 Kyoto Prize Workshops
/ Evolutionary Biologist
Biological Sciences（Evolution, Behavior, Ecology, Environment）
11 /12 Fri
13:10 - 17:30
Address：Takaragaike, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-0001 Japan
William Donald Hamilton
An evolutionary biologist who proposed the concept of “inclusive fitness,” to explain the evolution of altruistic behavior in animals that had been a persistent dilemma since Darwin’s time. He beautifully revealed that an individual can increase the number of descendants carrying its own genes by helping and raising its own kin. He also gave a new aspect to the theory of the sex ratio, whereby a mother manipulates the sex of the eggs she lays in order to maximize her own inclusive fitness. His extremely cogent ideas had a revolutionary influence on the whole field of biological sciences.
＊This field then was Field of Biological Sciences (Heredity, Development, Evolution, Ecology).