Keith Stewart Thomson

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Keith Stewart Thomson (born 1938; B.SC. Birmingham, AM, PH.D. Harvard) was from 2003–2012 a senior research fellow of the American Philosophical Society[1] and is, starting in 2012, the Executive Officer of the American Philosophical Society[2] and is an emeritus professor of natural history at the University of Oxford.[3] He was appointed director of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History in July 1998.[4] In 1987 he was appointed president of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. He had earlier been a dean at Yale University and director of Yale's Peabody Museum of Natural History.[5] He is the author of several books and essays that deal with paleontology, the history of science and evolution.


  • Thomson, Keith Stewart (1988). Morphogenesis and evolution. Oxford [Oxfordshire]: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-504912-8.[6][7]
  • Thomson, Keith Stewart (1991). Living fossil: the story of the coelacanth. New York: W.W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-30868-5.[8]
  • Thomson, Keith Stewart (1993). The common but less frequent loon and other essays. New Haven, Conn: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-06654-6.
  • Thomson, Keith Stewart (1995). HMS Beagle: the story of Darwin's ship. New York: W.W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-03778-9.[9]
  • Thomson, Keith Stewart (2002). Treasures on earth: museums, collections and paradoxes. London: Faber and Faber. ISBN 0-571-21295-6.
  • Thomson, Keith Stewart (2005). Fossils: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford [Oxfordshire]: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-280504-1.[10]
  • Thomson, Keith Stewart (2007). Before Darwin: Reconciling God and Nature. New Haven, Conn: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-12600-X.[11][12][13]
  • Thomson, Keith Stewart (2008). The legacy of the Mastodon: the golden age of fossils in America. New Haven, Conn: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-11704-3.[14]
  • Thomson, Keith Stewart (2009). The Young Charles Darwin. New Haven, Conn: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-13608-0.[15]
  • Thomson, Keith (2012). Jefferson's Shadow. Yale University Press. ISBN 0300187408.[16]


  1. ^ Keith S. Thomson – Bio
  2. ^ Keith Stewart Thomson, Executive Officer, American Philosophical Society
  3. ^ "American Scientist Online".
  5. ^ "Getting Its Man: Science Academy at Last has a New President". Philadelphia Inquirer. January 21, 1987. pp. D01.
  6. ^ Erwin, Douglas H. (1990). "Variations on a Theme". Paleobiology. 16 (1): 96–101. doi:10.1017/s0094837300009763. JSTOR 2400936.
  7. ^ Hall, Brian K. (1989). "The Shape of Things to Come". Evolution. 43 (7): 1571–1573. doi:10.2307/2409473. JSTOR 2409473.
  8. ^ Musick, J. A. (1993). "Review of Living Fossil. The Story of the Coelacanth". Copeia. 1993 (3): 897–899. doi:10.2307/1447265. JSTOR 1447265.
  9. ^ Thomson, Keith (May–June 2014). "H.M.S. Beagle, 1820–1870; (reprint of 1975 article)". American Scientist.
  10. ^ Demoncheaux, Eric (Autumn 2007). "Review of Fossils: A Very Short Introduction by Keith Thomson and Dinosaurs: A Very Short Introduction by David Norman". Science in School (6).
  11. ^ Roberts, Jon H. (2006). "Review of Before Darwin: Reconciling God and Nature". Journal of the Early Republic. 26 (4): 704–707. doi:10.1353/jer.2006.0076. JSTOR 30043469.
  12. ^ Marshall, Wallace W. (2006). "Review of Before Darwin: Reconciling God and Nature". Journal of the History of Biology. 39 (2): 407–410. doi:10.1007/s10739-006-0009-1. JSTOR 4332019.
  13. ^ Califano, Joseph J. (2007). "Review of Before Darwin: Reconciling God and Nature". The Review of Metaphysics. 60 (4): 887–889. JSTOR 20130879.
  14. ^ Anderson, Lyall I. (2009). "Review: Legacy of the Mastodon by K. Thomson". Geol. Mag. 146 (6): 941–942. doi:10.1017/s0016756809006049.
  15. ^ Laporte, Léo F. (January–April 2010). "Review: The Young Charles Darwin by Keith Thomson". National Center for Science Education (1–2): 27–28.
  16. ^ Witkin, Joan (2013). "Review of Jefferson's Shadow: The Story of His Science". Journal of the Early Republic. 33 (3): 563–565. doi:10.1353/jer.2013.0046. JSTOR 24487057.