Welcome to On Growth and Form 100, the official website of the centenary celebrations for D’Arcy Thompson’s extraordinary book. Led by the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews, the programme aims to introduce D’Arcy’s amazing ideas and influence to as wide an audience as possible.

This site will tell you more about the book and its influence, and lists events happening in the UK and around the world to mark the centenary.

Keep checking this site to see what’s new!

On Growth and Form 100

If you’re planning your own celebratory event, please let us know and we’ll add it to the site.



Nature celebrates the centenary

On this day 100 years ago the journal Nature received an advance review copy of On Growth and Form – now they’re celebrating with a centenary special which will be available free online for one month, along with other relevant items from their archives.... read more

Centenary Conference Call for Papers

ON GROWTH AND FORM CENTENARY CONFERENCE 100 years on and still growing! 13-14 October 2017 University of Dundee and University of St Andrews 2017 marks 100 years since the publication of D’Arcy Thompson’s landmark book On Growth and Form – “the greatest work of prose... read more

Special Event to launch Dutch translation

On March 11, 2017 artists, psychologists, biologists, mathematicians and many others come together at De Balie on the theme of “transformation”. The reason for this evening is the 100th anniversary of the famous work “On Growth and Form” by... read more

New Scientist feature

Some of the anniversary activities have been covered by the New Scientist in a feature by their culture editor Simon Ings. It includes a spotlight on our on-going project to create 3D scans of some of D’Arcy’s original specimens. Read the article here and... read more

Conferences celebrating On Growth and Form

The anniversary year has only just begun and already we know of several major conferences taking place around the world that will include sessions celebrating the impact of On Growth and Form. They include: CAA conference, New York on 18 Feb MBI Emphasis Workshops,... read more

Special Journal Issue

The biology journal Development is planning a special issue titled “On Growth and Form – 100 years on”. This special issue will be guest edited by L. Mahadevan (Harvard University) working alongside Editor Thomas Lecuit, and is scheduled for publication in late... read more



6may6:00 pm- 7:30 pmPlymouth Festival of Words celebrates On Growth and Form

9may7:00 pm- 8:00 pmD’Arcy Thompson’s On Growth and Form: 100 Years Old and Still Growing

30may7:00 pm- 9:00 pmBiology, Art and ScienceAn Artiscience Library/SEICA Symposium on C H Waddington, D’Arcy Thompson et al


2jun - 30jun 22:00 pmjun 30Botanica Mathematica

18jun12:00 pm- 7:30 pmCongress of the International Society of Developmental BiologistsD'Arcy Thompson Symposium


7jul2:00 pm- 4:30 pmD’Arcy in the Garden

12jul - 15jul 129:00 amjul 15EMBO/EMBL Symposium: Mechanical Forces in Biology

13jul - 17jul 139:00 amjul 17Society for Developmental Biology 76th Annual MeetingPlenary Session I: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of D'arcy Thompson's "On Growth and Form"


31aug9:00 am- 10:40 amCelebrating a centenary: On Growth and Form and Geography


13oct - 15oct 139:00 amoct 15On Growth and Form centenary conference

23oct - 27oct 239:00 amoct 27Workshop: On Growth and Form 2017

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