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Sydney philosopher awarded one of America's highest science honours


3 December 2012

Professor Paul Griffiths
Professor Paul Griffiths was elected as an AAAS Fellow for distinguished contributions to the philosophy of biology and biohumanities.

Professor Paul Griffiths of The University of Sydney has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), one of the highest honours in the field.

A formal announcement was be made in the journal Science on Friday 30 November 2012.

As part of the History and Philosophy of Science category Professor Paul Griffiths was elected as an AAAS Fellow for distinguished contributions to the philosophy of biology and biohumanities, especially for theoretical elaboration of developmental systems theory and analysis of the meaning of "gene".

A philosopher of science with a focus on biology and psychology, Professor Griffiths is a University professorial research fellow, and an academic associate director for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Charles Perkins Centre, a major new initiative at Sydney focused on interdisciplinary research into obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Professor Griffiths is also collaborating with the Evolution Institute, a think tank set up by prominent evolutionary biologist, David Sloan Wilson, which will explore the potential value of evolutionary ideas in integrating the many, diverse findings and hypotheses that different fields have generated about the causes and treatment of lifestyle diseases.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world's largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science, which has the largest paid circulation in the world of any peer-reviewed general science journal with an estimated readership of one million.

AAAS was founded in 1848, and includes 261 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals.

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