Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 2010


Published in Great Plains Research 20.1 (Spring 2010): 139-40.


Copyright 2010 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Used by permission.


My book review editor asked me what might be relevant to the Great Plains in a biography of James Lovelock, a book I’d suggested as worth reviewing in Great Plains Research. I assured him that much in it either is or should be relevant to the Great Plains and to science researchers working on studies of aspects of the Great Plains.

James Ephraim Lovelock, born on July 26, 1919, of fairly humble origins, did not do well in school, partly because he was dyslexic. In spite of this and other health problems over the years, he went on to earn a PhD in medicine from the University of London in 1946 and to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1974. He was also made a Companion of Honour and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, awarded the Wollaston Medal by the Geological Society of London, and elected Fellow of the Society of Cryobiology.