RIP: Steven Jay Gould

Jim Whitehead
Mon, 20 May 2002 13:11:34 -0700

Stephen Jay Gould, Biologist and Theorist on Evolution, Dies at 60

tephen Jay Gould, the evolutionary theorist at Harvard University whose
lectures, research and prolific output of essays helped to reinvigorate the
field of paleontology, died today at his home in Manhattan. He was 60 years
old. The cause was adenocarcinoma, his wife, Rhonda Roland Schearer, said.

Perhaps the most influential and best known evolutionary biologist since
Charles Darwin, Dr. Gould touched off numerous debates by challenging
scientists to rethink evolutionary patterns and processes. He is credited
with bringing a forsaken paleontological perspective to the evolutionary

- Jim