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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Harvest moon

Nance Wilson, Sid Thomas and some owls perform Neil Young’s Harvest Moon. Play Harvest Moon

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Notes to self

Ouroboros by Maggie Nicols, Pete Stacey and me, is an example of musical cadavre exquis. Thought for the day: In times of extreme, extremists win and moderates in the middle…

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My feeling exactly

Why things get harder. It’s because we start saying: oh, you gotta know all the modes. I’ve never known a mode in my life. Barry Harris

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In press

They keep coming Two new papers accepted for publication: H Thomas. 2022. Biosynthesis of ethylene. Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics (in press) BJ Thomas, R Fychan, HM McCalman, R Sanderson,…

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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 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. Joyeux…

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