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Gould, Stephen Jaylocked

(10 September 1941–20 May 2002)
  • Ann T. Keene

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Gould, Stephen Jay (10 September 1941–20 May 2002), paleontologist, was born in Queens, New York City, the son of Leonard Gould, a court stenographer, and Eleanor Rosenberg Gould. He grew up in a lower-middle-class secular Jewish household. Leonard Gould, who worked in the borough of Queens, was largely self-taught and read widely. He was a passionate Marxist, as well as an enthusiastic naturalist, and on weekends he took his children—Stephen and his younger brother, Peter—for walks in city parks to observe flora and fauna. The elder Gould was a frequent visitor to the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, and when Stephen was five years old his father brought him to the museum to see a reconstruction of a dinosaur skeleton. This left an indelible mark on Stephen, who announced forthwith that he would be a paleontologist when he grew up....

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