Academic journal article The Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies

In Memoriam: Garrett Hardin 1915-2003

Academic journal article The Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies

In Memoriam: Garrett Hardin 1915-2003

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We deeply regret to record the death of Professor Garrett Hardin, who served for many years as a member of the editorial advisory hoard of the Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies.

Born in 1915, just one year after Europe had entered into the devastating fratricidal conflict known as World War I, during his lifetime Garrett Hardin made epic contributions to problems of population and the environment. Trained as a biologist at the University of Chicago and Stanford University, he taught ecology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, for thirty years, as well as holding teaching positions at UC Berkeley, Cornell and Drew Universities and various other eminent American educational centers.

Garrett Hardin gained world renown for his 1968 essay, The Tragedy of the Commons, first published in Science, 162, but subsequently reprinted in more than a hundred anthologies. Stressing the problem of over-population and consequent environmental decay, "The Tragedy of the Commons" focused attention on the threat to Mankind and all other advanced living organisms arising from excessive reproduction amongst the human species. …

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