Celebrations to showcase work of D’Arcy Thompson
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.