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James Ephraim Lovelock (1919-), Chemist and ecologist

Sitter in 3 portraits
Chemist, environmentalist and inventor of the 'electron capture detector' (1958), a device used to measure the accumulation of CFCs in the atmosphere. Lovelock is considered one of the main ideological leaders in the history of the development of environmental awareness. His far-reaching Gaia hypothesis, first put forward in 1972, states that the planet behaves as a self-regulating organism. His most recent work on the subject, The Vanishing Face of Gaia, was published in 2009.

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James Ephraim Lovelock

by Nick Sinclair
bromide print, 1993
NPG P564(15)


James Ephraim Lovelock

by Michael Gaskell
egg tempera on board, 2011
On display in Room 38 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6928


James Ephraim Lovelock

by Paul Tozer
bromide fibre print, 25 July 1994
NPG x45758