Thomas, Lewis, 1913-1993

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Birth 1913-11-25
Death 1993-12-03
Americans
English

Biographical notes:

Physician, educator.

From the description of Reminiscences of Lewis Thomas : oral history, 1981. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309735919

Dr. Thomas served as professor of pathology (1954-1969) at New York University and dean (1971-1973) of Yale's School of Medicine--among other posts--before becoming president of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in 1973. He is probably best known to the public from his column in THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE, "Notes of a Biology Watcher," which appeared from 1971 to 1980, and from the resulting book-length compilations of these essays, THE LIVES OF A CELL (1974) and THE MEDUSA AND THE SNAIL (1979), which earned him several national literary awards and the recognition as one of the best modern scientific essayists writing non-technically about the meaning of biology and, by extension, the meaning of life.

From the description of Lewis Thomas papers, 1941-1992 (bulk 1973-1983). (Princeton University Library). WorldCat record id: 83392388

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Subjects:

  • Medicine--Research--20th century
  • Medical policy--20th century
  • Pathologists--20th century
  • Medical education
  • Research institutes--New York (N.Y.)--Administration--20th century
  • Educator--Interviews
  • Physicians--Interview
  • Science and state--20th century
  • Pathology--20th century
  • Cancer--Research--20th century
  • Physicians--20th century

Occupations:

  • Biologists--20th century.--United States
  • Medical research personnel--20th century.--United States

Places:

  • United States (as recorded)