In Memoriam: Richard Lewontin 1929-2021

July 9, 2021
Richard Lewontin 1976

It is with profound sadness that we share the news that OEB Professor Richard (Dick) Lewontin died on Sunday, July 4th, he was 92. Professor Lewontin is considered one of the most brilliant population geneticists and pioneered the study of genetic variation among humans and other animals. He was a much loved and respected member of the department as well as more broadly at Harvard and, indeed, worldwide.

Professor Lewontin retired in 2003, but remained active until recent years. He was preceeded in death by his wife, Mary Jane Lewontin, who died three days prior on July 1st. We offer our condolences to his and Mary Jane's four sons and grandchildren.

See also: Faculty News, 2021