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James Ephraim Lovelock (1919-), Chemist and ecologist

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Chemist and environmentalist. Inventor of the 'electron capture detector' (1958), a device used to measure the accumulation of CFCs in the atmosphere. 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.