Stephen Jay Gould

2000 Symposium Keynote Address

“Geological Immensity and Human Insignificance: The Proper Scale of Our Ecological Crisis”

7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 18, 2000
Goodrich Chapel

A brilliant interpreter of science and its complex social consequences, Stephen Jay Gould speaks internationally on a broad range of controversial subject matter, from the scientific arguments for racial equality, to theories on the nature of excellence, to mankind's amazing—but not miraculous—origins, to Darwin's revolutionary breakthrough in thought.

Gould is especially interested in mathematical problems of growth and form applied to the evolution of lineages. He has taught at Harvard University since 1967 and is now professor of geology, professor of zoology, and curator for invertebrate paleontology in the University's Museum of Comparative Zoology.

The author of more than 200 consecutive essays for his Natural History Magazine column "This View of Life," Gould is also a contributor to Discover Magazine. Gould has served as the president of the Paleontological Society and the Society for the Study of Evolution. He was in the first group awarded the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship. He has also received the Silver National Medal of the Zoological Society of London and the Edinburgh Medal from the city of Edinburgh. He won the National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticism in 1980 and in 1981 received an American Book Award for The Panda's Thumb and the National Book Critic's Circle Award for The Mismeasure of Man. Discover Magazine named him its Scientist of the Year in 1982.

His other books include: Full House, Ever Since Darwin, The Flamingo's Smile, Hen's Teeth and Horse's Toes, An Urchin in the Storm, Wonderful Life, Bully for Brontosaurus, and Dinosaur in a Haystack.

Gould holds an A.B. degree from Antioch College and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.