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William Morton Wheeler (1865–1937), a man of extraordinary learning in many fields and a brilliant writer and lecturer, is a significant figure in the history of biology. His studies of social insects and his involvement in the founding of such institutions as the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole and the Barro Colorado Laboratory in Panama makes this book a scientific as well as a biographical contribution to the literature. From his boyhood in Milwaukee, through his career at the Universities of Chicago and Texas, and his years at the American Museum of Natural History and at Harvard, to his retirement, Wheeler pioneered vigorously and continuously, making his life story an important chapter in the history of biology.