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In Tribute to Stephen Jay Gould
Stephen Jay Gould's death on May 20, 2002 is mourned by his many friends and colleagues at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). We share our loss with the greater scientific community and the many members of the public who knew him through his numerous essays and books that conveyed his love of science, history, art, language and baseball.
Steve served as President-Elect, President and Chair of the Board of AAAS from 1999 through 2001. During that period, his colleagues at AAAS benefited from his leadership; his often amusing but always educational quotes and historical anecdotes; his passion for science and his equal passion for sharing its wonders with the general public. We also learned of and admired his enduring dedication to the profession of teaching and the obligation of mentoring the next generation of scientists.
Stephen Jay Gould with students
Science has lost a very important scholar, leader and ally as well as a keen observer of the human condition. The AAAS Board of Directors extends its deepest sympathy to his family for their loss and honors his memory by noting his many contributions to science, to education and to a better understanding of the mysteries and delights of science.
Approved by the AAAS Board of Directors on May 22, 2002
- For more information on the life of Stephen Jay Gould, read related article.
- Letter to the membership from Stephen Jay Gould, then Chairman of AAAS Board of Directors, in the AAAS 2000 Annual Report.