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Thomas Hopp is the author of the Dinosaur Wars science fiction series and Peyton McKean mysteries.


Background Information

Thomas Hopp's DINOSAUR WARS books have been described as "Star Wars meets Jurassic Park." Filled with action and adventure, his stories follow Yellowstone Park naturalist Chase Armstrong and Montana rancher's daughter Kit Daniels in their struggle to survive an invasion of intelligent dinosaurs returning from space. The invaders intend to reclaim their home world, bringing all the other huge beasts of the past with them! Hopp writes savvy science fiction suitable for all ages.

His mysteries and medical thrillers follow the exploits of the super-intelligent DNA researcher, Dr. Peyton McKean.

Dr. Hopp was born in Seattle, Washington, where he lived his earliest years in a housing project on the banks of the Duwamish River. Good grades at West Seattle High School and the University of Washington as well as a perfect score on the Graduate Record Exam got him into the Biochemistry Ph.D. program at Cornell University Medical College. He studied genetic engineering at Rockefeller University and helped found the multi-billion-dollar biotechnology company, Immunex Corporation. He discovered genes for immune system hormones and developed the first commercially successful nanotechnology device, a molecular handle called the Flag epitope. He contributed to the creation of Immunex's blockbuster arthritis drug, Enbrel. He worked with paleontologist Jack Horner excavating bones of nest-building duckbilled dinosaurs, and published the "brooding-to-flight hypothesis," in which birds developed wing feathers first for nesting and then for flying. He plays guitar and bass, and has performed onstage with blues legend John Lee Hooker and rock super-groups The Kingsmen and The Drifters. He has lived in San Diego and on Manhattan Island, but now lives near Seattle.

Birth Place
Seattle, WA USA
Accomplishments

Thomas has a PhD in Protein Chemistry from Cornell Medical College. He studied fiction writing at the University of Washington and was awarded certificates in both Literary and Commercial Fiction. His novels and short stories have been finalist entries five times in the Pacific Northwest Writers Competition. His novel, The Jihad Virus, took third prize in that event in 2003 and a short story, "Earth Rover," took the same prize in 2005. He was recently recognized with the Hall of Fame award by his alma mater, West Seattle High School.

Additional Information

Thomas holds multiple patents for his scientific discoveries. He's been invited to lecture around the world, including Brussels, Siena, Budapest, San Francisco, Cambridge and Jerusalem. In addition to his biotechnological discoveries, he's worked with paleontologist Jack Horner excavating bones of the nest-building duckbilled dinosaur, Maiasaura, and published papers on the origin of bird feathers among dinosaurs for brooding their chicks.

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