Stephen Jay Gould

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Birthday
10, 1941
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
May 20, 2002 (60)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
10, 1941
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
May 20, 2002 (60)

About

An American author, science historian, evolutionary biologist, and paleontologist, he is best known for such popular science publications as The Mismeasure of Man (1981), Ever Since Darwin (1977), and Dinosaur in a Haystack (1995). Two years before his death, he was named a "Living Legend" by the U.S. Library of Congress.

Before Fame

He studied at Antioch College during the 1960s and frequently demonstrated on behalf of civil rights and social justice. He taught paleontology and geology at Harvard University for over three decades.

Trivia

He was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer, in 1982. Though his prognosis was grim, he lived twenty more years.

Family Life

He was born to Jewish immigrant parents in New York City. He was married twice and had two children and two stepchildren.

Associated With

He and fellow science writer, Richard Dawkins , both contributed numerous articles to Natural History magazine.