Edward O. Wilson is regarded as one of the world’s most preeminent biologists and naturalists. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Ants; he also won the Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for his book On Human Nature. Some of his other awards include the US National Medal of Science, the International Prize for Biology, the Nierenberg Prize, and the Crafoord Prize, considered the highest award given in the field of ecology. His first fiction novel, Anthill: A Novel, was published in 2010 and is a New York Times bestseller. A sought-after consultant and expert, Wilson has served on the board of directors of the American Museum of Natural History, Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, and the World Wildlife Fund. He was named one of the twenty-five most influential Americans by Time magazine in 1995 and one of the century’s 100 leading environmentalists by Audubon magazine in 2000. Currently, he is the University Research Professor Emeritus at Harvard, and he lives in Lexington, Massachusetts with his wife.