Stephen Baird

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Stephen Baird is a singer-songwriter, and member of The Galapagos Mountain Boys.[1] His specialty is adapting and parodying Christmas carols and hymns, replacing their original content with scientific and secular themes and lyrics.

Personal History[edit]

Stephen Miller Baird was born April 18, 1944 in Chelsea, Massachusetts.[2] He was raised in the Bible Belt before converting to rationalism as a student at Stanford University.[3] There he met Carol Davidson, whom he married in 1970. They have two sons and several grandchildren.

He went on to earn his MD from Stanford in 1971,[4] specialized in research in Leukemias and Lymphoma, and is Professor Emeritus of Clinical Pathology at UCSD's Moores Cancer Center.[5] He still practices anatomic & clinical pathology in San Diego, California.[6] His current area of research at UCSD is in murine leukemia virus receptors.[7]

Musical History[edit]

Stephen Baird was forced to play cello as a child, but let that training lapse. He learned to play guitar in the 1980s and began putting medical and scientific concepts to music while teaching medical school classes.[8] His bluegrass style is applied to topics ranging from gravity to sexually transmitted diseases to false gods.[9] He released his first album of self-described "scientific gospel"[10] music in 1998.[11] In 2000 he formed the band The Opossums of Truth with like-minded individuals Dwight Worden, Mike McColm, Ron Jackson and son Daniel Baird. Upon Jackson's untimely death in 2007, the band reformed as The Galapagos Mountain Boys.[12]

First with The Opossums of Truth and now with The Galapagos Mountain Boys, Baird has been a performer at Darwin Day[13] events since 2002,[14] drawing on his stable of tunes on evolution and natural selection.[15]

Discography[edit]

Dr. Stephen Baird has released six albums of scientific gospel music:[16]

  • Hallelujah! Evolution! (1998)
  • Ain't Gonna Be No Judgment Day (2002)
  • Water On Mars (2003)
  • Breakin' the Rules (2004)
  • Darwin, Darn It! (2009)
  • And For THIS You Expect A PhD?! (2009)

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