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Obituary: Professor Stephen J Gould

Stephen Jay Gould, Professor of Geology and Zoology at Harvard University and an honorary graduate of the University of Leicester, died on Monday, May 20 at his home in New York City.

Professor Gould was a world-renowned scientist who brought evolutionary theory and paleontology to a broad public audience. He was a prolific writer, known for his engaging, often witty style, evident in his columns in Natural History magazine, as well as collections of essays. His book, The Mismeasure of Man, a study of intelligence testing, won the National Book Critics Award in 1982. Later books included Dinosaur in a Haystack and Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life.

As well as championing the teaching of evolutionary science in school curricula, he was also known for his participation in public debates with creation scientists and for his disagreements with other evolutionary theorists. He received the honorary degree of Doctor of Science from this University in 1995.

May 2002

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