Thomas Elliot Bowman III

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Thomas Elliot Bowman III (October 21, 1918 – August 10, 1995) was an American carcinologist best known for his studies of isopods and copepods.

Bowman was born and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Kent School in Kent, Connecticut in 1937 and Harvard College in 1941. During the Second World War, he spent four years in the U.S. Army, gaining a degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. Afterwards, he went to the University of California, Berkeley, where he gained a master's degree, and then worked at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where he gained a Ph.D. (awarded by the University of California, Los Angeles).[1]

During his career, Bowman wrote 163 papers,[2] using a style which has been likened to that of Ernest Hemingway and Albert Camus.[3] As well as describing 116 new species (including 55 isopods, 28 copepods, one suctorian and one chaetognath), 16 genera and one order, Mictacea,[1] Bowman also produced significant works on the structural homology of the telson and the evolution of stalked eyes.[2]


Several taxonomic names recognise Thomas Bowman:[4]

Taxa named by Bowman include:


  1. ^ a b Frank D. Ferrari (2001). "The work of Thomas Elliot Bowman III (1918–1995)". In Brian Kensley & Richard C. Brusca. Isopod Systematics and Evolution (PDF). Crustacean Issues 13. Rotterdam, Netherlands: A. A. Balkema. pp. 1–16. ISBN 978-90-5809-327-1. 
  2. ^ a b "Gallery of Carcinologists: Selected Biographical Sketches". Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  3. ^ Frank D. Ferrari (1996). "Thomas Elliot Bowman III (1918–1995)". Journal of Crustacean Biology. 16 (3): 633–635. JSTOR 1548755. doi:10.1163/193724096x00676. 
  4. ^ Hans G. Hanssen. "Biographical Etymology of Marine Organism Names". Göteborgs Universitet. Retrieved February 16, 2010.