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Stephen Jay Gould's true memorial will be his formidable body of written work
and the many years of pleasure which readers will get from it.
In addition, we hope you will help us commemorate him in another, novel, way.
Instead of a formal obituary, this Common Room forum wants your memories of him
as a scholar and as a person.
I met him only once, when he was in Europe publicising Wonderful Life. He was a
fan of Walter Scott and had planned visiting the Highlands of Scotland to see
Kenilworth. He was delighted to be told that in fact the castle in question is
But he did not always react well to interruption. On a train one day to speak
in New York he was interrupted by a group, en route to the event, saying
something to the effect of "We are looking forward to your lecture, Professor
Gould," to which he replied "If you don't leave me alone there won't be any
Let us know what else Gould did or said that you recall. We are looking forward
to your participation.
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