"Lewis Thomas" was an United States/American 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 Cancer Center/Memorial Sloan-Kettering Institute. His formative years as an independent medical researcher were at Tulane University School of Medicine.

He was invited to write regular essays in the New England Journal of Medicine. One collection of those essays, The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher (1974), won annual National Book Awards List of winners of the National Book Award#Arts and Letters/in two categories, Arts and Letters and The Sciences (both awards were split).

[http://www.nationalbook.org/nba1975.html "National Book Awards – 1975"]. National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-05. (With acceptance speech by Thomas.)

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