Stephen Jay Gould

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    World War II

  • Stephen Jay Gould is born

    Stephen Jay Gould is born
    Born in New York, New York.
  • Gould discovers his future in geology

    Gould discovers his future in geology
    His father took him to the American Museum of Natural History when Gould was five years old. It was here that Gould saw his first dinosaur, a Tyrannosaurus rex, and decided that he was going to devote his life to the study of geologic periods.
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    The Cold War

  • Death of King George IV

    Death of King George IV
    Elizabeth becomes Queen.
  • Gould completes his Undergraduate degree

    Gould completes his Undergraduate degree
    Completes Undergraduate degree in geology at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
  • Gould marries his first wife

    Gould marries his first wife
    He marries Deborah Lee, an artist and writer, whom he met at Antioch College. They have two children together, Jesse and Ethan.
  • Gould becomes a Professor of Geology

    Gould becomes a Professor of Geology
    He leaves New York to become a Professor of Geology at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
  • Gould receives his Ph.D.

    Gould receives his Ph.D.
    Receives his Ph.D. in paleontology at Columbia University in New York.
  • Gould takes an assistant professorship

    Gould takes an assistant professorship
    Gould moves to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to take an assistant professorship for geology at Harvard University. In that same year he finished his doctoral work, completing his degree program from Columbia.
  • Gould is promoted to associate professor

    Gould is promoted to associate professor
    He is promoted to associate professor of geology at Harvard University.
  • Gould makes a notable contribution to the development of evolutionary theory

    Gould makes a notable contribution to the development of evolutionary theory
    Gould and a colleague, Niles Eldredge, made a notable contribution to the development of evolutionary theory in what they called "punctuated equilibrium." The concept of punctuated equilibrium opposed Darwin's notion, known as phyletic gradualism, that evolutionary change occurred gradually and over millions of years; instead, Gould and Eldredge argued such changes occurred in relatively shorter periods (several thousand years) following long periods of stability.
  • Gould is promoted to full professor

    Gould is promoted to full professor
    He is promoted to a full professor of geology at Harvard University.
  • Gould becomes a curator

    Gould becomes a curator
    Gould also became curator (a person who oversees an exhibit or show) of invertebrate (species without a backbone) paleontology at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology.
  • Gould receives the Charles Schuchert Award

    Gould receives the Charles Schuchert Award
    Receives the Schuchert Award by the Paleontological Society for his work in evolutionary theory. It is presented to a person under 40 whose work reflects excellence and promise in the science of paleontology.
  • Gould publishes Ontogeny and Phylogeny

    Gould publishes Ontogeny and Phylogeny
    In 1977 Gould published a book-length discussion of phyletic gradualism called Ontogeny and Phylogeny. Phyletic gradualism theorizes that most speciation is slow, uniform, and gradual.
  • Gould receives awards for his book, The Panda's Thumb

    Gould receives awards for his book, The Panda's Thumb
    For his book, The Panda's Thumb, he received two awards: the Notable Book citation from the American Library Association in 1980 and the American Book Award in Science for 1981.
  • Gould receives awards for his book, The Mismeasure of Man

    Gould receives awards for his book, The Mismeasure of Man
    He received two awards for The Mismeasure of Man: the National Book Critics Circle Award for general nonfiction in 1981 and the American Book Award nomination in science for 1982.
  • Gould discovers he has cancer

    Gould discovers he has cancer
    Gould was told he had mesothelioma, a particularly deadly form of cancer in which he was told he only had 8 months to live. But the disease had been caught early and he underwent an aggressive program of treament including radiation and chemotherapy.
  • Gould divorces his first wife

    Gould divorces his first wife
    Gould divorces Deborah Lee.
  • Gould marries his second wife

    Gould marries his second wife
    Gould marries Rhonda Roland Shearer, an artist and sculptor.
  • Death of Stephen Jay Gould

    Death of Stephen Jay Gould
    Died in Manhattan, New York. Early in 2002 Gould was discovered to have advanced lung cancer, apparently unrelated to his previous cancer in which he died several months later.