A Special Symposium to honor the life and work of Thomas Cavalier-Smith, one of the most influential scholars in the field of evolutionary protistology, was held on 23 July 2021, just prior to the ISOP Virtual Meeting 26-30 July 2021.

The Symposium Coordinator was Laura Eme, who arranged for three researchers who worked with Tom, or who have been researching similar topics, to share their comments. The speakers included Geoff McFadden, Puri Lopez-Garcia, and Andrew Roger. The Symposium was virtual and attended by 200 participants.

Remembered by all for his brilliant thinking, his insightful questions, his colorful presentations, and his extensive manuscripts, Tom will be greatly missed, especially for his significant contributions to protist taxonomy and his commitment to interpreting and bridging existing literature and new findings.

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