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Stephen Jay Gould

Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist Stephen Jay Gould

Profession: Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist

United States of America

Biography: Gould formulated the evolutionary theory of punctuated equilibrium in 1972 with Niles Eldredge, and is one of the best known and most widely read scientists of the late 20th century.

His theory of punctuated equilibrium states that evolutionary change is not a slow, steady process but rather occurs in a series of fits and starts.

Born: September 10, 1941
Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: May 20, 2002 (aged 60)
Cause of Death: Cancer

Married Life

  • 1965-10-03 Paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould (23) weds artist Deborah Lee

Historical Events

  • 1979-09-21 Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Lewontin publish influential paper (cited more than 4,000 times) "The Spandrels of San Marco and the panglossian paradigm", introducing idea of "spandrels" into evolutionary biology

Quotes by Stephen Jay Gould

  • "I am, somehow, less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops."

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