Jon Edward Ahlquist

American molecular biologist, ornithologist (1944–2020)

Jon Edward Ahlquist (born 27 July 1944,[1] died 7 May 2020[2]) is an American molecular biologist and ornithologist. He has worked with Charles Sibley, mostly at Yale University. By 1987, both Ahlquist and Sibley had left Yale. In 1988, Ahlquist and Sibley were awarded the Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal.[3] In January 1991 (often listed as 1990), Charles Sibley and Ahlquist published Phylogeny and Classification of Birds, which presented a new phylogeny for birds based on the DNA. In 1999, Ahlquist was retired (Ahlquist, 1999).


  1. Theodore W. Pietsch (2012) Trees of Life: A Visual History of Evolution. Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 275
  2. Jon Edward Ahlquist obituary, The Huntsville Times, 9–10 May 2020.
  3. "Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 15 February 2011.