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Sewall Wright (1889 - 1988) was an American geneticist who played a central part in the foundation of the modern synthesis, together with R.A. Fisher and J.B.S Haldane.

• Wright noticed that genes can disappear from a small population not because of selection, but because of chance - a phenomenon known as genetic drift.

• He invented the influencial concept of an adaptive topography - a graph of mean population fitness against gene frequency.

Wright attempted a comprehensive, realistic model of evolution, including complex interactions between genes, random effects, selection between and within populations, and migration.

He lived to a grand age, and published a four-volume treatise (1968 - 1978) at the end of his career.

This photograph of Sewall Wright was taken in 1928.

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