Godfrey Hewitt

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Godfrey M Hewitt
Professor Godfrey M Hewitt
Professor Godfrey Hewitt (2001)
Born (1940-01-10)10 January 1940
Worcester, England
Died 18 February 2013(2013-02-18) (aged 73)
Residence Norwich, England
Citizenship British
Fields Genetics, Evolutionary Biology, Phylogeography, Hybridization, Speciation
Institutions University of East Anglia
Alma mater University of Birmingham
Doctoral advisor Kenneth Mather, John Jinks, and Bernard John
Doctoral students Prof Mike Ritchie, Prof Nick Barton, Prof Richard Nichols
Known for Influential work in evolutionary genetics, training and acting as a mentor to many academics
Influences G. Ledyard Stebbins
Influenced Prof Roger Butlin (postdoc), Prof Mike Ritchie (postdoc), Prof Richard Nichols (postdoc), Prof Jeremy Searle (postdoc), Prof Mark Beaumont (postdoc)
Website
http://www.uea.ac.uk/biological-sciences/news/professor-godfrey-hewitt

Godfrey Matthew Hewitt (10 January 1940 – 18 February 2013) was a British professor and evolutionary geneticist at the University of East Anglia who was very influential in the development of the fields of molecular ecology, phylogeography, speciation and hybridization. [1]

Academic career[edit]

Hewitt was born in Worcester UK in 1940 and attended The King's School there. He took his undergraduate degree at the University of Birmingham and stayed to complete a PhD with advisors Kenneth Mather, John Jinks, and Bernard John. He subsequently gained a Fulbright fellowship to study at the University of California, Davis in 1965-1966. On his return he took up a position at the newly established University of East Anglia, and he was promoted to Professor in 1988. He worked in the School of Biological Sciences until his retirement in 2005, and subsequently maintained a very substantial scientific output as Emeritus Professor.

Publications[edit]

At the time of his death Hewitt had 250 peer reviewed academic publications and these had been cited by approximately ten thousand other articles according to Web of Knowledge. His most highly cited publications are in the area of phylogeography[2][3] and hybrid zones.[4][5] In particular Hewitt was influential in understanding the diversity of European biota in the context of glacial cycles.[6][7]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Hewitt served as President of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology from 1999 to 2001. He was awarded the 2005 Molecular Ecology Prize,[8] and he received a Lifetime Achievement Award for creative mentoring in science (2006) from Nature magazine.[9] This achievement is reflected in the large number of students and postdocs who have established their own academic careers.[10]

Hewitt had strong links with many international organisations; he was awarded Doctor “Honoris Causa” by the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in 2008; appointed as Honorary Professor at the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing in 2000; was a Visiting Professor at La Sapienza, University of Rome 1 (1998); Royal Society Visiting Fellow, University of Hawaii (1979); Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, Canberra (1973-1974); Royal Society Visiting Fellow at the Gulbenkian Institute, Portugal (1971).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butlin, R.; Rieseberg, L.; Smith., H. (2006). "Godfrey Hewitt - Recipient of 2005 Molecular Ecology Prize". Molecular Ecology 15 (2): 301. doi:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2006.02899.x.  edit
  2. ^ Hewitt, G. M. (1996). "Some genetic consequences of ice ages, and their role in divergence and speciation". Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 58 (3): 247–276. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8312.1996.tb01434.x.  edit
  3. ^ Hewitt, G. M. (1999). "Post-glacial re-colonization of European biota". Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 68: 87–11. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8312.1999.tb01160.x.  edit
  4. ^ Barton, N. (1985). "Analysis of Hybrid Zones". Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 16: 113–148. doi:10.1146/annurev.ecolsys.16.1.113.  edit
  5. ^ Barton, N. H.; Hewitt, G. M. (1989). "Adaptation, speciation and hybrid zones". Nature 341 (6242): 497–503. doi:10.1038/341497a0. PMID 2677747.  edit
  6. ^ Hewitt, G. M. (2004). "Genetic consequences of climatic oscillations in the Quaternary". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 359 (1442): 183–110. doi:10.1098/rstb.2003.1388.  edit
  7. ^ Hewitt, G. (2000). "The genetic legacy of the Quaternary ice ages". Nature 405 (6789): 907–913. doi:10.1038/35016000. PMID 10879524.  edit
  8. ^ Butlin, R.; Rieseberg, L.; Smith., H. (2006). "Godfrey Hewitt - Recipient of 2005 Molecular Ecology Prize". Molecular Ecology 15 (2): 301. doi:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2006.02899.x.  edit
  9. ^ Dennis, C.; Wright, J. (2006). "Model Mentors". Nature 444 (7121): 966–968. doi:10.1038/nj7121-966a. PMID 17203554.  edit
  10. ^ "Academic Tree: Godfrey Hewitt".