Trevor Palmer

Trevor Palmer

Science & Catastrophism, from Velikovsky to the present day

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Trevor Palmer was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1944, and now lives in Fife, Scotland. He was educated in natural sciences, specialising in biochemistry, and obtained an honours degree from Cambridge University, followed by a PhD from London University for a study of genetic disorders. After an initial career as a biomedical scientist, he transferred into education and was Dean of Science and then Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) at Nottingham Trent University from 1992 until his retirement in 2006, when he became an Emeritus Professor of the University. He was a member of the Executive, University Heads of Biological Sciences, from 1991 to 1995, and a Member of the Executive, UK Deans of Science, from 1997 to 2003. He was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Biology and a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences.

His investigations of genetic disorders led to an interest in evolution, and that in turn to catastrophism. He was a member of Council of the Society for Interdisciplinary Studies (SIS) from 1986 to 2009, and Chairman from 1995 to 1998 and again from 2000 to 2002.

On his election to the Nottingham Trent University Professoriate in 1990, Trevor Palmer gave two Professorial Lectures: one was concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of inherited disorders; the other was entitled, “The Fall and Rise of Catastrophism”. His written output has similarly been split between biochemistry and catastrophism. Alone or with others, he has written five textbooks on enzymology (one of which ran to four editions), and has been a co-author of numerous papers published in biochemical or medical journals including Analytical Biochemistry, Archives of Disease in Childhood, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, British Medical Journal, British Journal of Nutrition, Biochemistry International, Chromatographia, Clinica Chimica Acta, Clinical Science and Molecular Medicine, Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease and Pediatric Research. In addition, he has written three books on catastrophism and related topics: Catastrophism, Neocatastrophism and Evolution (SIS, 1993); Controversy: Catastrophism and Evolution – the Ongoing Debate (Plenum/Kluwer, 1999); and Perilous Planet Earth: Catastrophes and Catastrophism through the Ages (Cambridge University Press, 2003). By invitation, he wrote the Introduction to the 2005 Barnes and Noble edition of Lewis Spence's The History of Atlantis, and was a contributor to Quantavolution: Challenges to Conventional Science (Knowledge/Metron, 2010), a Festschrift in honour of Alfred de Grazia. He was also the co-editor of Natural Catastrophes during Bronze Age Civilisations (Archaeopress, 1998), which formed the Proceedings of the SIS Second Cambridge Conference. More than fifteen of his articles have appeared in the Review of the SIS, and he has also contributed to the interdisciplinary journal, Aeon.

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