Mark Pagel

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Mark Pagel
Born Mark David Pagel
(1954-06-05) 5 June 1954 (age 64)[1]
Seattle, Washington, US[1]
Alma mater University of Washington
Partner(s) Ruth Mace
Awards FRS (2011)
Scientific career
Thesis Determinants of the Success and Failure of Ridge Regression (1980)

Mark David Pagel FRS (born 5 June 1954 in Seattle, Washington)[1] is a Professor and head of the Evolutionary Biology Group at the University of Reading.[1][2][3][4]


Pagel was educated at the University of Washington where he was awarded a PhD in Mathematics in 1980 for work on ridge regression.[5]


Pagel's interests include evolution and the development of languages.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

Pagel was the editor-in-chief for the Encyclopedia of Evolution published in 2002.[13] and the author of the 2012 book Wired for Culture: The Natural History of Human Cooperation.[14][15]

Personal life[edit]

Pagel's partner is Ruth Mace, Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at University College London[1][16] Together they have two sons.[1]

Awards and honours[edit]

Pagel was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2011. His nomination reads:


  1. ^ a b c d e f "PAGEL, Prof. Mark". Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press. (subscription required)
  2. ^ Staff Profile: Professor Mark Pagel School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012. Archived here
  3. ^ Mark Pagel's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier. (subscription required)
  4. ^ Reading Evolutionary Biology Group – Home. Archived here.
  5. ^ Pagel, Mark (2014). Determinants of the Success and Failure of Ridge Regression (PhD thesis). University of Washington. 
  6. ^ English language 'originated in Turkey' by Jonathan Ball, BBC News, 25 August 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  7. ^ Pagel, M. (1999). "Inferring the historical patterns of biological evolution". Nature. 401 (6756): 877–84. doi:10.1038/44766. PMID 10553904. 
  8. ^ Freckleton, R. P.; Harvey, P. H.; Pagel, M. (2002). "Phylogenetic Analysis and Comparative Data: A Test and Review of Evidence". The American Naturalist. 160 (6): 712. doi:10.1086/343873. PMID 18707460. 
  9. ^ Pagel, M. (1997). "Inferring evolutionary processes from phylogenies". Zoologica Scripta. 26 (4): 331. doi:10.1111/j.1463-6409.1997.tb00423.x. 
  10. ^ Pagel, M.; Meade, A.; Barker, D. (2004). "Bayesian Estimation of Ancestral Character States on Phylogenies". Systematic Biology. 53 (5): 673. doi:10.1080/10635150490522232. PMID 15545248. 
  11. ^ Mace, R.; Pagel, M. (1994). "The Comparative Method in Anthropology". Current Anthropology. 35 (5): 549. doi:10.1086/204317. 
  12. ^ Mark Pagel at TED
  13. ^ Encyclopedia of Evolution. 2 volume set. USA: OUP. 2002. ISBN 978-0-19-512200-8. Retrieved 2013-03-24. 
  14. ^ Wired for Culture: The Natural History of Human Cooperation ISBN 1846140153
  15. ^ Julian Baggini (23 February 2012). "Wired for Culture by Mark Pagel – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  16. ^ Smith, K. (2014). "Love in the lab: Close collaborators". Nature. 510 (7506): 458. doi:10.1038/510458a. PMID 24965634. 
  17. ^ Professor Mark Pagel FRS, The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge