William (Ned) Friedman, Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (Harvard University), and Director and Faculty Fellow of the Arnold Arboretum, has been elected a Foreign Member of the Linnean Society of London (FMLS)—one of only fifty scholars in the world to be distinguished with the honor.
The Linnean Society of London serves science as the world’s oldest active biological society. Foreign membership recognizes “those who have made an excellent achievement in the advancement of the biological sciences.” Specifically, the Society elected Ned to honor his research on the links between the reproductive biology of flowering plants and their ancestors, as well as his keen interest in the intellectual history of evolutionism. Ned joins fellow Professor (Emeritus) of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology of Harvard University, Edward. O. Wilson, in receiving this prestigious distinction from the Linnean Society.
Founded in 1788 by Sir James Edward Smith (1759–1828), who was its first President, the Linnean Society takes its name from the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778) whose botanical, zoological, and library collections have been in its keeping since 1829 and represent a primary reference for taxonomy. Comprising leaders in each branch of biology who use the Society’s premises and publications to communicate discoveries in their fields, the Linnean Society provides a continuous forum for the discussion and advancement of the life sciences.