Stephen Jay Gould was a renowned American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist and educator regarded as one of the most influential evolutionary biologists of his time. He is remembered for his instrumental contribution to the field of paleontology as well as for his numerous essays on evolution in the science magazine Natural History.
He was married twice. His first marriage was to Deborah Lee. The marriage lasted from 1965 to 1995 and produced two sons. He got married to his second wife artist Rhonda Roland Shearer in 1995. He and Rhonda stayed together until his death in 2012.
Throughout his career, he won several notable awards such as the Charles Schuchert Award in 1975 and the Paleontological Society Medal in 2002.
Contrary to current cynicism about past golden ages, the abstraction known as 'the intelligent layperson' does exist - in the form of millions of folks with a passionate commitment to continuous learning.Stephen Jay Gould
Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life, few injustices deeper than the denial of an opportunity to strive or even to hope, by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within.Stephen Jay Gould
Goethe died in 1832. As you know, Goethe was very active in science. In fact, he did some very good scientific work in plant morphology and mineralogy. But he was quite bitter at the way in which many scientists refused to grant him a hearing because he was a poet and therefore, they felt, he couldn't be serious.Stephen Jay Gould
I don't think academic writing ever was wonderful. However, science used to be much less specialized.Stephen Jay Gould
I love the wry motto of the Paleontological Society, meant both literally and figuratively, for hammers are the main tool of our trade: Frango ut patefaciam - I break in order to reveal.Stephen Jay Gould
If I don't make it, I'll be very sad that there are things I didn't do, but I'm happy that I've done what I have.Stephen Jay Gould
In science, 'fact' can only mean 'confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.' I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.Stephen Jay Gould
Science is an integral part of culture. It's not this foreign thing, done by an arcane priesthood. It's one of the glories of the human intellectual tradition.Stephen Jay Gould
Science is not a heartless pursuit of objective information. It is a creative human activity, its geniuses acting more as artists than as information processors.Stephen Jay Gould
With copious evidence ranging from Plato's haughtiness to Beethoven's tirades, we may conclude that the most brilliant people of history tend to be a prickly lot.Stephen Jay Gould
Stephen Jay Gould
was a famous American paleontologist,
who was born on
September 10, 1941. As a person born on this date, Stephen Jay Gould is listed in our database as the 15th
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People born on September 10
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