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Graham Bell (biologist)

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Citizenship  UK
Role  Writer
Institutions  McGill University
Education  University of Oxford
Alma mater  University of Oxford
Fields  Evolutionary biology
Name  Graham Bell

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Born  3 March 1949 (age 66) Leicester, UK (1949-03-03)
Books  The Permaculture Garden, The Permaculture Way, Selection: The Mechanis, Sex and Death in Protozoa, Robert the Bruce's Forgotten

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Graham Arthur Charlton Bell FRS FRSC (born 3 March 1949) is an English academic, writer, and evolutionary biologist with interests in the evolution of sexual reproduction and the maintenance of variation. He developed the "Tangled Bank" theory of evolutionary genetics after observing the asexual and sexual behaviour patterns of aphids as well as monogonont rotifers.


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Education and early life

Born in Leicester, England, Bell was educated at Wyggeston Grammar School and St Peter's College, Oxford where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1970, a Master of Arts degree in 1971 followed by a Doctor of Philosophy degree in animal ecology in 1973 for research on smooth newts (Triturus vulgaris).

Career and research

Bell emigrated to Canada in 1975 where he worked as a biologist for the Alberta Civil Service until 1976. In 1976, he joined the faculty of McGill University as a temporary lecturer. He was appointed a Professor in 1989. In 1992, he was appointed Molson Chair of Genetics. He was Director of the Redpath Museum from 1995 to 2005.

He is the author of The Masterpiece of Nature which was described by Richard Dawkins as a 'beautifully written tour de force', Sex and Death in Protozoa: The History of Obsession and Selection: The Mechanism of Evolution first published in 1996 with a second edition in 2008. His other books include The Evolution of Life and The Basics of Selection.

Honours and awards

Bell was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1994. He was awarded the Léo-Pariseau Prize in 2002 and the Prix Marie-Victorin in 2004. He was elected President of the Royal Society of Canada in 2013, and became a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2016.


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