James Lovelock: British environmental scientist and creator of the Gaia principle dies at 103

Lovelock died on Tuesday “surrounded by his household on his 103rd birthday,” a press release from his household launched to the Guardian and shared on social media stated.

“To the world, he was greatest referred to as a scientific pioneer, local weather prophet and conceiver of the Gaia Idea,” the assertion stated. “To us, he was a loving husband and fantastic father with a boundless sense of curiosity a mischievous humorousness and a ardour for nature.”

Lovelock’s household stated that, till six months in the past, “he was nonetheless in a position to stroll alongside the coast close to his house in Dorset and participate in interviews,” however that his well being had deteriorated just lately as a consequence of a nasty fall.

“He handed away at 21:55 as a consequence of issues associated to the autumn,” the household stated.

Lovelock, who was born in England’s Letchworth Backyard Metropolis, has made many contributions to the scientific neighborhood, together with the extremely influential Gaia principle, which considers the Earth as a mannequin during which its residing and nonliving components work together as a fancy system which are primarily a single organism.

He was an early advocate for local weather motion, and a few of his concepts have formed the best way local weather scientists and biologists take into consideration the world’s ecosystems at the moment.

“James Lovelock made an unlimited vary of contributions to scientific analysis, from creating devices to seek for life on Mars and creating the electron seize detector,” the Science Museum Group, which acquired the rights to Lovelock’s archive in 2012, stated in a press release Wednesday.

“On behalf of colleagues throughout the Science Museum Group, we want to ship his spouse, Sandy, and household our deepest condolences,” the group stated.

The Guardian’s world setting editor Jonathan Watts, who knew Lovelock and launched the assertion on behalf of the household, stated he was deeply saddened by the lack of “a superb, humorous, caring good friend.”

“He can be sorely missed, although his legacy is throughout us,” he stated.