Armand Marie Leroi
16 July 1964|
Wellington, New Zealand
Dalhousie University (undergraduate)|
University of California, Irvine postgraduate)
Imperial College London|
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
University of California, Irvine
|Thesis||The origin and evolution of life history trade-offs (1993)|
|Doctoral advisor||Michael R. Rose|
Armand Marie Leroi (born 16 July 1964) is an author, broadcaster, and professor of evolutionary developmental biology at Imperial College in London. He has written a book and presented television programs on Aristotle's biology.
Early life and education
A Dutch citizen, Leroi was born in Wellington, New Zealand. His youth was spent in New Zealand, South Africa and Canada. He was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree by Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada in 1989, and a Ph.D. by the University of California, Irvine in 1993. This was followed by postdoctoral work at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City using the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans as an experimental organism.
In 2001, he was appointed lecturer at Imperial College, London. He has written several books, including Mutants: On Genetic Variety and the Human Body for which he was awarded the Guardian First Book Award in 2004. In 2004 he adapted his book into a television documentary series for Britain's Channel 4 entitled Human Mutants.
Leroi has presented two other TV documentary series for Channel 4: "Alien Worlds" in 2005, and "What Makes Us Human" in 2006. Despite his TV appearances, Leroi has expressed scepticism about the truthfulness of television creatives. In an email exchange with TV director Martin Durkin, concerning the latter's documentary The Great Global Warming Swindle, Leroi wrote: "left to their own devices, TV producers simply cannot be trusted to tell the truth".
He is also known as one of the first testers of the beneficial acclimation hypothesis. In 2005, Leroi published an article in The New York Times entitled "A Family Tree in Every Gene", which argued for the usefulness of racial types in medical genetics.
In January 2009 Leroi presented the BBC4 documentary What Darwin Didn't Know, which charts the progress in the field of Evolutionary Theory since the original publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859.
- Mutants: On Genetic Variety and the Human Body (Viking/Penguin, 2004) ISBN 978-0142004821
- The Lagoon: How Aristotle Invented Science (Viking, 9/25/2014) ISBN 978-0670026746
- Leroi, Armand (1993). The origin and evolution of life history trade-offs (PhD thesis). University of California Irvine.
- "Armand Marie Leroi". AwardsAndWinners.com. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
- "Professor Armand Leroi". Knight Ayton Management. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
- List of publications from Microsoft Academic
- Chippindale, Adam K.; Leroi, Armand M.; Kim, Sung B.; Rose, Michael R. (1993). "Phenotypic plasticity and selection in Drosophila life-history evolution. I. Nutrition and the cost of reproduction". Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 6 (2): 171–193. doi:10.1046/j.1420-9101.1993.6020171.x.
- Leroi, A. M.; Bennett, A. F.; Lenski, R. E. (1994). "Temperature acclimation and competitive fitness: an experimental test of the beneficial acclimation assumption". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 91 (5): 1917–1921. doi:10.1073/pnas.91.5.1917. PMC .
- Lauder, George V.; Leroi, Armand M.; Rose, Michael R. (1993). "Adaptations and history". Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 8 (8): 294–297. doi:10.1016/0169-5347(93)90258-Q.
- Armand Marie Leroi (2005). Mutants: on the form, varieties and errors of the human body. New York, N.Y: Harper Perennial. ISBN 0-00-653164-4.
- "Mutants by Armand Marie Leroi - Reviews - Books". The Independent. 2004-06-22. Retrieved 2013-02-21.
- Armand Leroi on IMDb
- "durkinemails.htm". Ocean.mit.edu. 2007-03-09. Retrieved 2013-02-21.
- The New York Times, retrieved 2009-09-30
- MacCallum, R. M.; Mauch, M.; Burt, A.; Leroi, A. M. (2012). "Evolution of music by public choice". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. doi:10.1073/pnas.1203182109. PMC .