Celebration for book’s centenary
A conference celebrating a world-acclaimed Dundee and St Andrews academic who inspired the likes of Alan Turing and Richard Dawkins will open today.
D’Arcy Thompson was the author of On Growth And Form – regarded as one of the most influential science books of the 20th century – and an esteemed professor at both institutions.
The work was published 100 years ago this year and Dundee University has organised a series of exhibitions, talks and other events to celebrate its centenary.
The three-day interdisciplinary conference will be held at Dundee today and Sunday, and at St Andrews tomorrow.
It will also include visits to the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum in Dundee and the Bell Pettigrew Museum of Natural History in St Andrews.
Lead organiser Matthew Jarron, Dundee’s curator of museum services, said the centenary celebrations were a way of showcasing the huge international importance of a man regarded as “the most learned polymath of all time”.
“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,” he said.
For more information about the centenary celebrations, visit ongrowthandform.org.