de Vaucouleurs, Gérard Henri (1918–1995)
In his influential Physics of the Planet Mars (1954), de Vaucouleurs adopted a cautious position on the question of martian life, arguing that while low forms of vegetation remained a possibility (see Mars, vegetation), the "overwhelming majority" of terrestrial organisms would not be able to survive there. However, he pointed out that a second school of thought in the 1950s was more optimistic and emphasized the adaptability of life.
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