Thomas S. Ray
|Dr. Thomas Ray|
September 21, 1954 |
Norman, Oklahoma, United States
|Alma mater||Florida State University
|Occupation||Professor of Zoology|
In 1975, he and Donald R. Strong were the first to propose the theory of skototropism in an article in the journal Science (190: 804-806), which he later worked into his senior thesis at Florida State University after conducting additional experiments. The thesis was expanded into his Ph.D. thesis at Harvard University.
Tom Ray is also a former member of the International Core War Society.
In The Rise of Endymion, Dan Simmons's conclusion to his famous Hyperion Cantos sci-fi series, it is revealed by the character of Aenea that the TechnoCore originated from a human experiment in which computer programs were allowed to compete for resources (e.g. memory) and evolve accordingly. It is specified that the one responsible for it was Tom Ray, which possibly refers to the biologist's Tierra project.
- Strong, Donald R.; Ray, Thomas S. (1 January 1975). "Host Tree Location Behavior of a Tropical Vine (Monstera gigantea) by Skototropism". Science. 190 (4216): 804–806. doi:10.1126/science.190.4216.804.
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