Stephen Jay Gould

Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist Stephen Jay Gould Full Name: Stephen Jay Gould


Profession: Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist
Why Famous: 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
Star Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

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 in the Life of Stephen Jay Gould

  • 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

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