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Stephen Jay Gould
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Scientist
    (September 10, 1941-May 20, 2002)
    Born in Queens, New York
    Paleontologist and evolutionary biologist
    Professor at Harvard University (1973-2002)
    Wrote the column 'This View of Life' for 'Natural History' magazine
    Wrote the books 'Ever Since Darwin' (1977), 'The Panda's Thumb' (1980), 'The Mismeasure of Man' (1981), 'Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle' (1987), 'Wonderful Life' (1989), 'Bully for Brontosaurus' (1991), 'Dinosaur in a Haystack' (1995), 'Rocks of Ages' (1999), 'The Structure of Evolutionary Theory' (2002) and 'I Have Landed' (2002)
    He was nicknamed 'Fossil Face' growing up.
    He called critics of his theories 'Darwinian fundamentalists.'
    His magnum opus, 'The Structure of Evolutionary Theory,' was 1,433 pages long.
    His theory of punctuated equilibrium was often quoted out of context by creationists to suggest that there were scientific doubts about evolution.
    He decided to become a paleontologist after visiting the Hall of Dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History at age five.
    He was named Discover magazine's Scientist of the Year (1981).
    He could explain complicated scientific ideas in a highly understandable way.
    Commenting on attempts to eliminate evolution from schools, he said that teaching biology without evolution was like 'teaching English but making grammar optional.'
    He was an advocate for medical marijuana, saying it contributed to his successful recovery from mesothelioma.

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