Euan Clarkson studied geology at the University of Cambridge and had a long career as a palaeontologist at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Clarkson's most notable research occurred in the study of trilobites (especially visual systems), Paleozoic stratigraphy and the discovery of the Conodont animal.
Euan Clarkson has a sustained record of publication and teaching, has authored some 100+ papers and other publications, including a book that is widely regarded as the ‘standard’ palaeontological text for undergraduates.
Clarkson was president of the Edinburgh Geological Society (1985-87), a trustee of the Natural History Museum (1987-92) and president of the Palaeontological Association (1998-200). Clarkson was awarded the Geological Society of London's Coke medal in 2010.
- Geological Society of London, Coke medal award
- Clarkson, E. N. K.; Levi-Setti, R. L. (1975), "Trilobite eyes and the optics of Descartes and Huygens", Nature 254 (5502): 663–7, doi:10.1038/254663a0, PMID 1091864
- Clarkson, E. N. K. (1979), "The Visual System of Trilobites", Palaeontology 22: 1–22, doi:10.1007/3-540-31078-9_67
- Aldridge, R. J.; Briggs, D. E. G.; Smith, M. P.; Clarkson, E. N. K.; Clark, N. D. L. (1993). "The anatomy of conodonts". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B 340: 405–421. doi:10.1098/rstb.1993.0082.
- Briggs, D. E. G.; Clarkson, E. N. K.; Aldridge, R. J. (1983). "The conodont animal". Lethaia 16 (1): 1–14. doi:10.1111/j.1502-3931.1983.tb01993.x.
- Clarkson, E. N. K. (1998), Invertebrate Paleontology and Evolution (4th ed.), Oxford: Wiley/Blackwell Science, p. 452, ISBN 0-632-05238-4
- Debrett's authorized biography