D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson

Mathematician, Academic

1860 – 1948

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Who was D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson?

Sir D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson CB FRS FRSE was a Scottish biologist, mathematician, and classics scholar. A pioneering mathematical biologist, he is mainly remembered as the author of the 1917 book On Growth and Form, written largely in Dundee in 1915. Peter Medawar, the 1960 Nobel Laureate in Medicine, called it "the finest work of literature in all the annals of science that have been recorded in the English tongue". The book pioneered the scientific explanation of morphogenesis, the process by which patterns are formed in plants and animals.

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Born
May 2, 1860
Edinburgh
Profession
Education
  • Trinity College, Cambridge
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Cambridge
Lived in
  • Edinburgh
Died
Jun 21, 1948
St Andrews

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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