Summary: ecologist and prolific author best known for his landmark 1968 essay The Tragedy of the Commons where he argued that humanity must curtail some of its freedom to stave off overpopulation and environmental disasters, which influenced debates on abortion, immigration, foreign aid and other controversial issues, and who also penned the divisive book Lifeboat Ethics: The Case Against Helping the Poor.
Cause of Death: Suicide by unknown method
Born: April 21, 1915
Died: September 14, 2003
Location: Santa Barbara, California