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About James Lovelock

Climate scientist who originated the Gaia hypothesis, which posits that the biosphere is a self-regulating entity that controls the chemical and physical environment around it. His work helped inspire the modern-day environmentalist movement.

Early life

He did not have enough to attend college out of high school, and instead went to work as a photographer.


A detector he created showed human-made pollutants in the atmosphere, inspiring Rachel Carson’s famous book, Silent Spring.

Family of James Lovelock

He was born to a working class family, which believed strongly in education.

Close associates of James Lovelock

In his later years he said that he and many other global climate change activists, like Al Gore, were too alarmist.

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