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 S. Harrison Thomson

S. Harrison Thomson

Birth
Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 19 Nov 1975 (aged 80)
Boulder, Boulder County, Colorado, USA
Burial Boulder, Boulder County, Colorado, USA
Plot Section P, Lot B10, Space 95
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Historian, Medievalist. S. (Samuel) Harrison Thomson was Professor of Medieval History at the University of Colorado at Boulder from 1936 to 1964. Husband of Rosamund (Zome) Dargan Thomson (1912-2005); father of Williell R. Thomson and C. Day Thomson. Southern California Athlete of the Year, 1917; National AAU Champion in the All-Around and Decathlon events. Brother of the Western actor Fred C. (Frederick Clifton) Thomson (1890-1928), who was the North American Athlete of the year in 1910. Studied history, modern languages, literature, philosophy and theology at Princeton and Oxford. Received a PhD (1929) from Charles University, Prague (Univerzity Karlovy v Praze). In addition to Colorado, taught at Hanover College, Princeton, California Institute of Technology, and the University of Chicago. Occupied the Duke Chair of History at UCLA from 1964 to 1965. Prolific author, including The Writings of Robert Gosseteste; Czechoslovakia in European History (1943); Europe in Renaissance and Reformation (1963); and, The Latin Bookhands of the Later Middle Ages (1969). Edited the Progress of Medieval Studies in the United States and Canada, and founded the Journal of Central European Affairs, published at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Founder (1943) and editor (1943-1970) of the journal Medievalia et Humanistica: Under S. Harrison Thomson, the University of Colorado at Boulder was selected in 1960 by the US Office of Education as a center for the study of slavic and eastern European languages and culture (named The Center for Slavic and Eastern European Language and Area Studies), specializing in studies in Medieval & Renaissance Culture. Appointed to deliver the 1943 Lecture on Research and Creative Work, University of Colorado at Boulder. Ordained Presbyterian minister. Received the Robert L. Sterns Award from the University of Colorado in 1964-this award recognizes faculty and staff for extraordinary achievement or service. Inducted in 1968 as a honorary member of the SVU-Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences. A tribute to Dr. Thomson was published as Medievalia Et Humanistica: Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Culture in Honor of S. Harrison Thomson (Cleveland, Press of Case Western Reserve University, 1970). Served in the U. S. Army, World War I.


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