1982 Balzan Prize for Pure and Applied Botany
KENNETH VIVIAN THIMANN was born in Ashford, England, on August 5, 1904 (*1904 †1997).
Professor of Biology at Harvard University since 1932 and Emeritus Professor at the University of Santa Cruz, California, since 1965;
currently working at Thimann Laboratories, named after him;
member of the National Academy of Sciences, USA;
overseas member of the Royal Society, London, of the Académie des Sciences, Paris, of the Accademia dei Lincei, Rome, and many other learned societies; honorary Degree from Universities of Base! and Clermont-Ferrand.
In addition to seven treatises and many articles of a general nature, Thimann is the author of 180 original articles on plant biology and physiology.
The following are some of his most important books:
— Phytohormones (with F.W. Went), 1937;
— The Action of Hormones in Plants and Invertebrates (with F.W. Brown and B. Scharrer), 1948;
— The Life of Bacteria, 1955; 2nd edition, 1963;
— L’Origine et les Fonctions des Auxines, 1956;
— The Natural Plant Hormones, 1972;
— Hormone Action in the Whole Life of Plants, 1977;
— Senescence in Plants, 1980.