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.



Conference website

The On Growth and Form 100 conference website is now live at https://www.ongrowthandform.org/conference/0 We’re also delighted that Dundee & Angus Convention Bureau are kindly supporting the conference, and will be helping speakers and delegates with... read more

D’Arcy on BBC Radio 4

The BBC are marking the centenary of On Growth and Form with two programmes on Radio 4. An episode of Inside Science was recorded earlier this week at the University of Dundee and was broadcast yesterday – you can listen to it here:... read more

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



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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