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James Lovelock remembered by John Gray

26 July 1919 – 26 July 2022

The author and philosopher looks back on his friendship with the creator of the Gaia theory, who was ‘the closest to genius’ of anyone he has met

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I first met Jim Lovelock in 1994 when he was staying in Oxford with his devoted wife, Sandy.

He was a visiting fellow at what was then Green College.

We discussed a whole variety of things on that first meeting, including his Gaia theory, and I came away hugely impressed by the extraordinary fluidity of his mind, which ranged over many, many disciplines.

I’ve met some very clever people, but I think he was closest to genius.

He said he…

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