Stephen Jay Gould

1941 - 2002

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Stephen Jay Gould (; September 10, 1941 – May 20, 2002) was an American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of science. He was one of the most influential and widely read authors 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Stephen Jay Gould has received more than 1,738,382 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Stephen Jay Gould is the 134th most popular biologist (up from 148th in 2019), the 1,406th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,345th in 2019) and the 18th most popular American Biologist.

Stephen Jay Gould was a paleontologist and evolutionary biologist who was most famous for his theory of punctuated equilibrium. This theory states that evolution is not a gradual process, but rather a series of rapid changes followed by long periods of stability.

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Among biologists, Stephen Jay Gould ranks 134 out of 844Before him are Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Linda B. Buck, Robert Whittaker, Mario Capecchi, Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin, and Theodor Escherich. After him are Michel Adanson, J. B. S. Haldane, Sylvia Earle, Philip Sclater, Oliver Smithies, and Susumu Tonegawa.

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Among people born in 1941, Stephen Jay Gould ranks 81Before him are Kyu Sakamoto, Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr., Louis Ignarro, Theodor W. Hänsch, Neil Diamond, and Josip Skoblar. After him are Stephen Frears, Michael Stuart Brown, Angelo Scola, Igor Smirnov, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, and Ann-Margret. Among people deceased in 2002, Stephen Jay Gould ranks 45Before him are René Thom, Archer Martin, Shigeo Sugimoto, Song Hye-rim, Laurent Schwartz, and Aileen Wuornos. After him are Xi Zhongxun, Ray Conniff, María Félix, Pim Fortuyn, Sohn Kee-chung, and Hildegard Knef.

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Among people born in United States, Stephen Jay Gould ranks 1,406 out of 15,968Before him are Robert Patrick (1958), Edward Snowden (1983), Ansel Adams (1902), Lenny Kravitz (1964), David O. Selznick (1902), and Dan Simmons (1948). After him are Mike Portnoy (1967), Snoop Dogg (1971), Diane Arbus (1923), Mark Ruffalo (1967), Walter Bradford Cannon (1871), and Henry Way Kendall (1926).

Among BIOLOGISTS In United States

Among biologists born in United States, Stephen Jay Gould ranks 18Before him are John Franklin Enders (1897), Carl Woese (1928), E. O. Wilson (1929), Edward Tatum (1909), Linda B. Buck (1947), and Robert Whittaker (1920). After him are Sylvia Earle (1935), Norman Borlaug (1914), Hamilton O. Smith (1931), George Wald (1906), Temple Grandin (1947), and George Davis Snell (1903).