The American Association for the Advancement of Science has named Franklin & Marshall’s Roger D. K. Thomas as one of its Fellows.
Thomas, the John Williamson Nevin Professor of Geosciences, Emeritus, joined F&M’s faculty in 1975. He is already a longtime fellow of the Geological Society of America and of the Paleontological Society, which he served for six years as Secretary and subsequently received an award for distinguished service. However, the AAAS honor especially humbled him.
“To be recognized in this way by AAAS was unexpected and a very nice surprise!” he said.
As one of 396 members honored for their scientific or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications, Thomas will join his peers Feb. 17 in Austin, Texas, where he will receive the rosette pin with the color representations of science and engineering, gold and blue.
In bestowing the honor, the AAAS cited Thomas’ “distinguished contributions to the science of paleontology through undergraduate education, research on the growth and form of animal skeletons, and for service to professional societies.”
AAAS Fellows were formally announced Nov. 24 in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science. The organization, founded in 1848, is the world’s largest general scientific society. It embraces nearly 250 affiliated societies and academies that serve 10 million individuals, and publishes several prestigious journals. The AAAS has been designating fellows for more than a century.
Thomas graduated from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London in 1963, and Harvard University, where he received his doctorate in 1971. He was a 1983 recipient of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at F&M. He served as associate dean for Academic Affairs at the College for four years, 1987-91. The Class of 2003 named him that year’s “Most Influential Professor” in the natural sciences.