Reinventing Richard Goldschmidt: Reputation, Memory, and Biography [Book Review]

Journal of the History of Biology 44 (4):693 - 712 (2011)

Michael Dietrich
Dartmouth College
Richard Goldschmidt was one of the most controversial biologists of the mid-twentieth century. Rather than fade from view, Goldschmidt's work and reputation has persisted in the biological community long after he has. Goldschmidt's longevity is due in large part to how he was represented by Stephen J. Gould. When viewed from the perspective of the biographer, Gould's revival of Goldschmidt as an evolutionary heretic in the 1970s and 1980s represents a selective reinvention of Goldschmidt that provides a contrast to other kinds of biographical commemorations by scientists
Keywords Richard Goldschmidt  hopeful monsters  evolutionary synthesis  Stephen J. Gould  punctuated equilibrium  biography
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DOI 10.1007/s10739-011-9271-y
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