R. Paul Thompson


Dr. Paul Thompson holds appointments as Professor in the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and the Department of Philosophy.  He has published extensively on evolutionary theory, population genetics, mathematical modelling in biology, theory structure in biology, philosophy of medicine, and ethics.  He is the author of four books (The Moral Question, The Structure of Biological Theories, Agro-Technology, and A Remarkable Journey: The Story of Evolution), and he edited Issues in Evolutionary Ethics and (with Denis Walsh) Evolutionary Biology: Conceptual, Ethical and Religious Issues. He has held numerous consulting positions with governments and industry.  He has recently served as a member of the Research Integrity Committee and the Standing Committee on Ethics of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and The Expert Panel on Biodiversity sponsored by Council of Canadian Academies. He is Past President of the Green Door Alliance Inc. (a registered charity, dedicated to preserving agricultural land).  He has worked for many years on agricultural capacity and poverty relief in Kenya through Rural Outreach Program.


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Victoria College, University of Toronto

91 Charles Street West

Toronto, Ontario

Canada M5S 1K7

E-mail: p.thompson@utoronto.ca