Herbert A. Thompson

Title: Microbiologist, Public Health Scientist
Location: Canton, Georgia, United States

Herbert A. Thompson, Retired Microbiologist and Public Health Scientist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership.

During his student years at Drake University, Dr. Thompson was surrounded by several excellent biological scientists. They inspired him to pursue biology, which is what he did after earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1964. He remained at Drake University for two more years, successfully acquiring a master’s degree prior to relocating to the University of Kansas to earn a PhD. Through his studies, he found that he enjoyed teaching. This newfound discovery is what prompted him to accept a position as a professor at West Virginia University, where he stayed from 1976 until 2000.

Though he enjoyed teaching, Dr. Thompson’s first true love was always science. In 2000, he became a microbiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There, he was able to fully devote himself to science, which became the driving factor behind his 2002 promotion to the chief of the Viral and Rickettsial Zoonoses branch. He retired in 2006. Outside of his primary roles, Dr. Thompson shared his scientific thoughts through contributing articles to numerous professional journals. He was a member of the American Society for Microbiology, the American Biological Safety Association, the American Society of Rickettsiology,  the Society of General Microbiology, and the Society of the Sigma Xi. As a testament to his many years of success, Dr. Thompson is featured in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the Southwest, and Who’s Who in the World, as well as the 8th edition of Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare.

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