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James Lovelock

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Birthday
26, 1919
Birthplace
England
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
26, 1919 (age 99)
Birthplace
England

About

Climate scientist who originated the Gaia hypothesis, which posits that the biosphere is a self-regulating entity that controls the chemical and physical environment around it. His work helped inspire the modern-day environmentalist movement.

Before Fame

He did not have enough to attend college out of high school, and instead went to work as a photographer.

Trivia

A detector he created showed human-made pollutants in the atmosphere, inspiring Rachel Carson's famous book, Silent Spring.

Family Life

He was born to a working class family, which believed strongly in education.

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In his later years he said that he and many other global climate change activists, like Al Gore, were too alarmist.