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Obituary to Brian Goodwin: Hugely influential and insightful biologist, philosopher and writer

by Tara Chapman last modified 2010-01-13 14:13

We are sorry to inform you that a much admired and respected member of the scientific community passed away last year. Brian Goodwin was an invited speaker to the last STEP conference and was well known in VPH circles.

Professor Brian Goodwin, the visionary biologist, mathematician, philosopher and teacher has died at the age of 78 last July. Goodwin was a scientist of outstanding calibre who helped to articulate an intellectually coherent alternative to the neo-Darwinist notion that natural selection, acting on randomly mutating selfish replicators such as genes, is the fundamental process that drives evolution. As a philosopher and teacher, Goodwin in his later years urged us to combine a deeply intuitive approach to nature with an open-ended rationality in service of sustainable living.

To read the full obituary to Brian Goodwin, please click on the link below to an article in the The Independent published on 31 July 2009.