John Marion Thoday, Phd, DSc
|1939-1941||Botany School||University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England, United Kingdom|
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Professor Thoday was born on 30 Aug. 1916 and died 25th August 2008, just 5 days from his 92nd birthday. He was the third son of botanists Professor David Thoday, FRS and Mrs Mary Gladys Thoday. He graduated in Botany at the University of Wales in 1939 and then entered Trinity College Cambridge as a research student. He started research in the Botany School Cambridge in October 1939 with the first investigation into the effect of neutrons on chromosomes.
He joined the Royal Air Force as a photographic intelligence officer in April 1941. He served in the Middle East, Algiers and Italy and reached the rank of Squadron Leader. Demobilised in 1945, he joined the cancer research staff, Mount Vernon Hospital Middlesex. He discovered, with John Read, the role of oxygen in Radiobiology and showed that the radiotherapeutic effect of X-rays on tissue growth was largely due to chromosome breakage.
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|Mascie-Taylor CGN, Gibson JB, Thoday JM. (1986) Effects of disruptive selection XI: gene flow and divergence Heredity. 57: 407-413|
|Coen ES, Thoday JM, Dover GA. (1984) DNA variation and evolution (reply) Nature. 309: 286|
|Coen ES, Thoday JM, Dover G. (1982) Rate of turnover of structural variants in the rDNA gene family of Drosophila melanogaster. Nature. 295: 564-8|
|Gibson JB, Thoday JM. (1973) Effects of disruptive selection. X. Selective migration. Heredity. 30: 27-32|
|Thoday JM. (1972) Disruptive selection. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences. 182: 109-43|
|Thoday JM, Gibson JB. (1971) Reply to Scharloo The American Naturalist. 105: 86-88|
|Thoday JM, Gibson JB. (1970) Environmental and genetical contributions to class difference: a model experiment. Science (New York, N.Y.). 167: 990-2|
|Thoday JM, Gibson JB. (1970) The Probability of Isolation by Disruptive Selection The American Naturalist. 104: 219-230|
|SCHARLOO W, ROBERTSON A, THODAY JM, et al. (1964) BALANCED COMBINATIONS OF POLYGENES. Nature. 203: 102-3|
|THODAY JM, GIBSON JB. (1964) BALANCED COMBINATIONS OF POLYGENES. Nature. 201: 736-7|