Colinvaux, Paul

Born: September 22, 1930
Died: February 28, 2016

Ohio connection: Former Resident


Paul Alfred Colinvaux was born in St. Albans, England, the son of Flora Kingsman. He received a B.A. degree from Jesus College in Cambridge, England, in 1956; an M.A. in 1960 from the same institution, and a Ph.D. from Duke University in 1962. He married Llewellya W. Hillis in 1961 and they had two children, Catherine and Roger. He worked as a pedologist in New Brunswick, Canada, and as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Belfast and Yale University. In 1964, he took a position at The Ohio State University, where he was a professor of Zoology until his retirement in 1991. His books include The Environment of Crowded Men; Introduction to Ecology; The Fates of Nations: A Biological Theory of History;Ecology; and Ecology Two. He was the author of a twenty-part television series, What Ecology Really Says, and contributed to such journals as Yale Review, Science, Nature, Ecology, and Quarterly Review of Archeology.  Paul Alfred Colinvaux,died on Sunday, February 28, 2016 on Cape Cod, Massachusetts; he was 85.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization postdoctoral fellowship, 1962-63; outstanding or distinguished teaching awards at The Ohio State University from Student Council, College of Biological Sciences, 1970, The Ohio State University Alumni Association, 1971, and College of Arts and Sciences, 1972; Guggenheim fellowship in London, 1971-72; Ohioana Book Award in field of science, 1978. The Ohio State University Distinguished Scholar Award in 1985.