James Lovelock, a pioneer of the Gaia theory, which holds that Earth functions as a single living entity, and a British environmental scientist, has passed away at the age of 103.
A statement from Lovelock’s family circulated on social media stated that he passed away on Tuesday surrounded by his family on his 103rd birthday.
According to the statement, he was most recognized for being a scientific pioneer, a climate prophet, and the creator of the Gaia Theory. He was a devoted husband, a wonderful father, and a man of unlimited curiosity, wicked humor, and a lover of the outdoors.
Up until six months ago, according to Lovelock’s family, he was still able to go along the beaches near his house in Dorset and take part in interviews, but his health had recently declined as a result of a nasty fall.
The family explained that due to fall-related problems, he passed away at 21:55.
Lovelock, who was raised in Letchworth Garden City, England, has made numerous contributions to science, including the hugely popular Gaia theory. According to this theory, the Earth can be used as a model for how living and nonliving elements interact in a complex system that functions much like a single organism.
He was a proponent of climate action from the beginning, and some of his theories have influenced how climate scientists and biologists currently perceive the world’s ecosystems.
James Lovelock contributed to science in a variety of ways, including by designing the electron capture detector and creating tools to look for life on Mars. Lovelock’s archive rights were purchased by the Science Museum Group in 2012.
The Science Museum Group expressed its sympathies to Sandy, his wife, and their family on behalf of its coworkers.
Jonathan Watts, the global environment editor of The Guardian, who knew Lovelock, stated on their behalf.
He said although his legacy is all around us, he will be sadly missed.
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