sábado, enero 23, 2016

Richard Levins, 1930-2016



By Rob Wallace


In the 1950s Levins was blacklisted for his membership in the Communist Party and his work as a part of the Puerto Rican left, walking out on House Un-American Activities Committee mid-testimony. After exile for nearly a decade in Puerto Rico, where his daughter reports FBI agents warned off potential employers, Levins returned to the U.S. to model his dissertation work on evolution in changing environments on Karl Marx’s Grundrisse.

He was denied tenure at the University of Puerto Rico for his participation in the independence movement. He helped found Science for the People and fought E.O. Wilson over sociobiology. He was a long-term scientific adviser to Cuba and resigned his membership in the U.S. National Academy of Sciences for its role advising the U.S. military during the Vietnam War.

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