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He was elected to the Royal Society in 1951 and speaker at the Gifford lectures from 1969 to 1971.
He was president of the British Ornithologists' Union from 1955 to 1960.
- Learning and Instinct in Animals (1956) Methuen, London ISBN 0-416-57920-5
- Biology,psychology,and belief (Arthur Stanley Eddington memorial lectures) (1960)
- Bird-Song. The biology of vocal communication and expression in birds, University Press, Cambridge 1961, (Cambridge monographs in experimental biology; Vol. 12)
- Biology and Nature of Man (Riddell Memorial Lecture) (1962)
- Duetting and antiphonal song in birds. Its extent and significance, Brill, Leiden 1972, ISBN 90-04-03432-3 (Behaviour / Supplements; Vol. 18)
- Quakers and Humanists (Swarthmore Lectures) (1968)
- Animal Nature and Human Nature (1975)
- Science, Man and Morals. Based upon the Freemantle lectures, delivered in Balliol College, Oxford, Trinity term 1963, Greenwood, Westport, Conn. 1976, ISBN 0-8371-8143-7
- Purpose in a World of Chance: A Biologist's View (1978)
- The origins and rise of ethology. The science of the natural behaviour of animals, Heinemann, London 1979, ISBN 0-435-62441-5
- Oxford Dictionary of National Biography article by Alan Costall, ‘Thorpe, William Homan (1902–1986)’, accessed 19 June 2007.
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