Over his fifty-year career as an anthropologist, Bass has excavated ancient skeletons and recovered the remains of murder victims.
Bass is the creator of the “Body Farm” — as well known to the general public and to readers of crime novels as to the scientific community. The Body Farm (officially the Anthropological Research Facility) was the world’s first laboratory for conducting research on the processes and timetable of human decomposition. Bass’s pioneering research launched a revolution in forensic science and has helped solve more than a few murders.
Bass is also the co-author of a series of “Body Farm” novels that draw on his real-life expertise to solve fictional crimes.
Bass is professor emeritus at UT, where he headed the anthropology department and the Forensic Anthropology Center for many years. He recently donated his collection of research and teaching material — including lecture notes, correspondence, and original field study notebooks — to the UT Libraries. The Dr. William M. Bass III Collection will be preserved and made available for study in the Libraries’ Special Collections.
Please join us at the John C. Hodges Library* on Thursday, October 30, for a reception in the Jack E. Reese Galleria at 5:30 p.m. and a talk by Dr. Bass in the Lindsay Young Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.
*John C. Hodges Library, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, Tennessee. Questions? Contact email@example.com or 865-974-6903.