Cel­e­bra­tions to show­case work of D’Arcy Thomp­son

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CEL­E­BRA­TIONS are lined up to mark the 100-year an­niver­sary of “one of the most in­flu­en­tial sci­ence books of the 20th Cen­tury”.

The Univer­sity of Dundee and St An­drews Univer­sity will both be hold­ing con­fer­ences to cel­e­brate D’Arcy Thomp­son, who wrote On Growth and Form 100 years ago.

He was also a pro­fes­sor at both of the uni­ver­si­ties.

A spokesman for the Univer­sity of Dundee said: “The three-day in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary con­fer­ence will be held at Dundee on Fri­day and Sun­day, and at St An­drews on Satur­day.

“It will fea­ture a range of pre­sen­ta­tions cov­er­ing every as­pect of D’Arcy’s own work and the var­i­ous fields that it has in­flu­enced, in­clud­ing art, ar­chi­tec­ture, bi­ol­ogy, de­sign and math­e­mat­ics.

“The con­fer­ence will also in­clude vis­its to the D’Arcy Thomp­son Zool­ogy Mu­seum at Dundee and the Bell Pet­ti­grew Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral His­tory at St An­drews.

“Most of D’Arcy’s sur­viv­ing col­lec­tions are held be­tween the two mu­se­ums.”

Matthew Jar­ron, Dundee’s cu­ra­tor of mu­seum ser­vices, who is the lead or­gan­iser of the cel­e­bra­tions, said: “The cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions are a way of us show­cas­ing D’Arcy’s huge in­ter­na­tional im­por­tance.

“We have an in­cred­i­bly pres­ti­gious line-up of speak­ers for the con­fer­ence, which brings to­gether D’Arcy en­thu­si­asts from around the globe and rep­re­sent­ing the many fields he in­flu­enced.”

A por­trait of D’Arcy Thomp­son by David S Ewart.

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