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Lewis Thomas

"Ants are so much like human beings as to be an embarrassment. They farm fungi, raise aphids as livestock, launch armies into war, use chemical sprays to alarm and confuse enemies, capture slaves, engage in child labor, exchange information ceaselessly. They do everything but watch television."

About Lewis Thomas

''Lewis Thomas'' (November 25 1913–December 3, 1993) was a physician, poet, etymologist, essayist, administrator, educator, policy advisor, and researcher. Thomas was born in Flushing, New York and attended Princeton University and Harvard Medical School. He became Dean of Yale Medical School and New York University School of Medicine, and President of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Institute. He was invited to write regular essays in the 'New England Journal of Medicine', and won a National Book Award for the 1974 collection of those essays, 'The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher'. He also won a Christopher Award for this book. Two other collections of essays (from NEJM and other sources) are 'The Medusa and the Snail' and 'Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony'. His autobiography, 'The Youngest Science: Notes of a Medicine Watcher' is a record of a century of medicine and the changes which occurred in it. He also published a book on etymology entitled 'Et Cetera, Et Cetera', poems, and numerous scientific papers. Many of his essays discuss relationships among ideas or concepts using etymology as a starting point. Others concern the cultural implications of scientific discoveries and the growing awareness of ecology. In his essay on Mahler's Ninth Symphony, Thomas addresses the anxieties produced by the development of nuclear weapons. Thomas is often quoted, given his notably eclectic interests and superlative prose style. The Lewis Thomas Prize is awarded annually by The Rockefeller University to a scientist for artistic achievement.

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