William Francis Thompson

William Francis Thompson (born St. Cloud, Minnesota 1888, died 7 November 1965)[1] was an American ichthyologist and fisheries scientist.

He researched the exploitation and management of the stocks of Pacific halibut[2] for the fisheries department in British Columbia in the early 20th Century, as well as the restoration Fraser River sockeye salmon run in the mid twentieth century.[1]

Thompson was the director of the School of Fisheries at the University of Washington from 1934 and between 1937 and 1943 he was the director of the international Pacific Salmon Commission working in Canada and Alaska. He founded the Fisheries Research Institute of the University of Washington in 1947. Thompson retired in 1958 at the age of 70.[3]


  1. Richard J. Dunn (2001). "William Francis Thompson (1888–1965): a Preeminent Fishery Biologist of the Early and Mid Twentieth Century" (PDF). Marine Fisheries Review. 63 (2): 1–4.
  2. Richard J Dunn (2001). "William Francis Thompson (1888-1965) and his pioneering studies of the Pacific halibut, Hippoglossus stenolepis". Marine Fisheries Review. 63 (2): 5–14.
  3. "William Francis Thompson". Thompson Senechal family. Retrieved 14 July 2018.

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