Lewis Thomas (November 25, 1913–December 3, 1993) has written several books consisting of essays on science, mostly biology, including The Lives of a Cell, The Medusa and the Snail, The Youngest Science and Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony.
He was born in New York. His career included pediatric research as a professor and holding other offices at several different prestigious medical schools, including Dean of Yale Medical School and President of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Institute.. In 1974, his book The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher won the the National Book Award. It consists of 29 essays on various scientific topics.
Recommendation: If you like Dr. Thomas' essays, you may also enjoy the essays of Stephen Jay Gould.
- Wikipedia's article on Lewis Thomas
- NYU School of Medicine's "annotation" on Thomas, Lewis: The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher