Who is this Howard Sidney Thomas person?

I was born and educated in Wales and, after a career in scientific research, I have an emeritus position as Professor of Biology at Aberystwyth University. I now write about evolution, genetics, plant science and anything else that takes my fancy (more about this here).  I’ve also led a parallel life as a devout jazz musician (more here).

I’m a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and of the Linnean Society of London.

I’m on the board of trustees of the New Phytologist Foundation, where I serve as honorary treasurer.

From 1966 I’ve lived in Aberystwyth, mid Wales. For most of the last ten years or so my wife Helen and I have been spending increasing time in the village of Wye in Kent, whence Helen’s family hails.

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This is a remix of a track from 15 years ago. The original, done in Sonar, was a bit of a dog’s breakfast and I never really liked some of…

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Noel Blanc

The the link is to the ubiquitous Christmas song, given a different twist by Veronique and me. You don’t often hear it Latin-style in French, with the rarely sung verse.…

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Website renovation

After months of work on the format and content of sidthomas.net, it’s getting near some kind of final form, although there are still plenty of rough edges. In the unlikely…

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