Awards & Winners

Francisco J. Ayala

Date of Birth 12-March-1934
Place of Birth Madrid
(Spain, Madrid, Madrid metropolitan area, Iberian Peninsula)
Nationality United States of America, Spain
Also know as Francisco Ayala, Francisco Jose Ayala, Francisco José Ayala Pereda
Profession Biologist, Professor, Priest, Geneticist
Francisco José Ayala Pereda is a Spanish-American biologist and philosopher at the University of California, Irvine. He is a former Dominican priest, ordained in 1960, but left the priesthood that same year. After graduating from the University of Salamanca, he moved to the US in 1961 to study for a PhD at Columbia University. There, he studied for his doctorate under Theodosius Dobzhansky, graduating in 1964. He became a US citizen in 1971. He has been President and Chairman of the Board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. At University of California, Irvine, his academic appointments include University Professor and Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Logic and the Philosophy of Science.

Awards by Francisco J. Ayala

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National Medal of Science for Biological Sciences
(For his theoretical and experimental discoveries on the origin of species, genetic diversity, and population dynamics that led to a new understanding of biological evolution, and his distinguished contributions to education, the promotion of public understanding of science, and the philosophy and ethics of the scientific enterprise.)