At a meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on February 11, 2003, the following Minute was placed upon the records.
Kenneth Vivian Thimann was a 20th century pioneer in the study of hormones and plant growth. He was a highly productive and innovative scientist, an inspiring teacher, a gracious and charming person, and a respected leader in the international scientific community.
Kenneth Thimann was born in Ashford, Kent, England, on August 5, 1904, to Israel Felix Thimann, the vicar of the Congregational church, and Muriel Harding Thimann. He earned a B.Sc. in Chemistry in 1924 and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Plant Physiology in 1928 from Imperial College, University of London. His Ph.D. thesis concerned contributions of individual amino acid residues to the ionization of proteins.
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