Stephen Jay Gould Biography

Stephen Jay Gould was an American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist and historian of science. He was also one of the most influential and widely read writers of popular science of his generation. Gould spent most of his career teaching at Harvard University and working at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. In the later years of his life, Gould also taught biology and evolution at New York University.

Gould's most significant contribution to evolutionary biology was the theory of punctuated equilibrium, which he developed with Niles Eldredge in 1972. The theory proposes that most evolution is marked by long periods of evolutionary stability, which is punctuated by rare instances of branching evolution. The theory was contrasted against phyletic gradualism, the popular idea that evolutionary change is marked by a pattern of smooth and continuous change in the fossil record.

Most of Gould's empirical research was based on the land snail genera Poecilozonites and Cerion. He also contributed to evolutionary developmental biology, and has received wide praise for his book Ontogeny and Phylogeny. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Stephen Jay Gould
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Scientist, Writer, Paleontologist, Professor, Biologist, Author, Historian
Ethnicity:
Ashkenazi Jews
Religion:
Agnosticism, Atheism
Date of Birth:
September 10, 1941
Astrological Sign:
Virgo
Date of Death:
May 20, 2002
Age at Death:
60
Cause of Death:
Lung cancer, Cancer
Marriages
Stephen Jay Gould Timeline
  • 1979-09-21
    Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Lewontin publish their influential paper (cited more than 4,000 times) "The Spandrels of San Marco and the panglossian paradigm", introducing the term and idea of "spandrels" into evolutionary biology
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