Stephen Gould

Stephen Gould
Stephen Gould was born September 10 in 1941 in New York. His father was a court stenographer, and his mother — an artist. When Gould was five years old, his father took him to the hall of dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History, and the first time he saw the tyrannosaur. The boy was struck and decided that would be a paleontologist — and it was.

He worked for many years at Harvard University, in 1989 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, has published numerous scientific papers, engaged in the popularization of biology.

He did not profess any religion, and his political views were against any form of discrimination.

Gould was married twice, both marriages were born on the two children.

In July 1982, Gould was diagnosed with "peritoneal mesothelioma", a severe form of cancer. After a difficult course of treatment, which lasted about two years, Gould published an article in the journal ┬źDiscover┬╗, under the title "Do not believe the median," in which he describes his reaction to the news that patients, patients with mesothelioma live on average no more than eight months after diagnosis.

He explained that in fact the median — a point in the middle of the timeline, and it means that 50% of patients do not survive and eight months, but the rest will live longer, and possibly much longer. All he had to figure out where on this scale is its own case. He was young, optimistic and have access to the latest tools, and came to the conclusion that he has a good chance of being among the "oldest old." That's what happened.

After the experimental treatment, including radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery, Gould fully recovered, and his note was a source of hope for many cancer patients.

Gould repeatedly expressed support for the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. During his illness he smoked marijuana to get rid of nausea caused by medication. In his opinion, the use of marijuana has been one of the key factors contributing to its recovery. In 1998, he appeared at the trial of Jim Veykforda, a Canadian activist use of marijuana in medicine.

Gould died 20 May in 2002.