James Lovelock, scientist, author and creator of Gaia hypothesis, dies on 103rd birthday

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James Lovelock, scientist, author and creator of Gaia hypothesis, dies on 103rd birthday

Jul 27 2022

James Lovelock, the creator of the Gaia hypothesis and author of a number of books on the topic, has died on his 103rd birthday. The climate scientist died at home on Tuesday surrounded by loved ones, his family said.

Lovelock, who was one of the UK’s most respected independent scientists, had been in good health until six months ago, when he had a bad fall.

Known as something of a maverick, he had been dispensing predictions from his one-man laboratory since the mid-1960s, and in his old age he continued to work.

His Gaia hypothesis posits that life on Earth is a self-regulating community of organisms interacting with each other and their surroundings. He said two years ago that the biosphere was in the last 1% of its life.

Source: The Guardian

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