1941 - Stephen Gould, born on the 10th of September in New York City. He 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, leading many commentators to call him "America's unofficial evolutionist laureate".
1963 - He received an A.B. from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He then went to Graduate School in Evolutionary Biology and Paleontology at Columbia University.
1965 - On the 3rd of October, he married Deborah Lee.
1966 - He became a Professor of Geology at Antioch College.
1967 - He finished his doctoral work, earning a degree from Columbia.
1971 - He also took an Assistant Professorship position at Harvard University.
1973 - Became a Professor of Geology.
1974 - He is best known for his regular column, "This View of Life," in Natural History magazine.
1975 - He received the Schubert Award from the Paleontological Society.
1980 - 1981 - Wrote a book entitled The Panda's Thumb for which he received two awards, the Notable Book Citation from the American Library Association, and the American Book Award in Science.
1981 - 1982 - His book earned the National Book Critics Circle Award for general nonfiction and the American Book Award Nomination in Science.
2002 - He died after a prolonged bout with Cancer on the 20th of May.
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- "The true beauty of nature is her amplitude; she exists neither for nor because of us, and possesses a staying power that all our nuclear arsenals cannot threaten (much as we can easily destroy our puny selves)."