J. William Schopf

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J. William Schopf is a paleobiologist and professor of earth sciences at the University of California Los Angeles.[1] He is most well known for his study of Precambrian prokaryotic life in Australia's Apex chert. Schopf has published extensively in the peer reviewed literature about the origins of life on Earth. Awarded the Mary Clark Thompson Medal in 1986, The Paleontological Society Medal in 2012 and the Charles Doolittle Walcott Medal in 2013.

He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife.