Odum, Eugene Pleasants
Odum, Eugene Pleasants,1913–2002, American ecologist, b. Newport, N.H., Ph.D. Univ. of Illinois, 1939; son of Howard W. OdumOdum, Howard Washington
, 1884–1954, American sociologist, b. Bethlehem, Ga., grad. Emory College, 1904, Ph.D. Clark Univ., 1909, and Ph.D. Columbia, 1910. In 1920 he became professor of sociology at the Univ.
..... Click the link for more information. . He joined the department of zoology at the Univ. of Georgia in 1940, eventually becoming Callaway Professor of Ecology before retiring in 1984. A pioneer of the concept of the ecosystem (see ecologyecology,
study of the relationships of organisms to their physical environment and to one another. The study of an individual organism or a single species is termed autecology; the study of groups of organisms is called synecology.
..... Click the link for more information. ), he helped found the university's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, its marine institute on Sapelo Island, and what is now the Eugene P. Odum School of Ecology. His widely used textbook, Fundamentals of Ecology (1953), was written with his brother, Howard T. Odum. Other works include Ecology and Our Endangered Life Support Systems (1989) and Ecological Vignettes: Ecological Approaches to Dealing with Human Predicaments (1998).
See biography by B. J. Craige (2001).