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John Scales Avery – A Life for Global Peace and Development

Portrait of a TFF Associate

December 29, 2017

• John Scales Avery is a theoretical chemist at the University of Copenhagen. He is noted for his books and research publications in quantum chemistry, thermodynamics, evolution, and history of science.


His 2003 book Information Theory and Evolution set forth the view that the phenomenon of life, including its origin, evolution, as well as human cultural evolution, has its background situated in the fields of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and information theory.

Since 1990 he has been the Chairman of the Danish National Group of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.

Between 2004 and 2015 he also served as Chairman of the Danish Peace Academy.

He founded the Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes, and was for many years its Managing Editor. He also served as Technical Advisor to the World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe (1988-1997).

A complete list of books and many of his articles is given at the end of this section.

TFF is extremely proud of also having John Avery as TFF Associate since March 2016 – a short period in John’s amazing 60 years in the movement for a better world.

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