Thomas Suárez’s experience as a researcher dates from the 1980s with his work on the history of cartography. His books on that topic include Shedding the Veil , Early Mapping of the Pacific , and Early Mapping of Southeast Asia , this last work considered the standard text on the subject.
His contributions to edited volumes include, "Early Portuguese Mapping of Siam", in 500 Years of Thai-Portuguese Relations , and "Genesis of the American West: The Cortes Map", in Mapping the West: America's Westward Movement 1524-1890 [Rizzoli, 2002].
In 2018, he authored a new Introduction to an expanded edition of Carlos Quirino's landmark Philippine Cartography.
A professional violinist, Suárez is a former member of major US symphony orchestras and a former faculty member of Palestine’s National Conservatory of Music.
A native of New York, Suárez now lives in London.