In this paper, Semiloof shell finite element formulation has been extended to thermal stress analysis of laminated plates and shells. The accuracy of the formulation has been verified using sample problems available in the literature. Thermal stresses in cross-ply and angle-ply laminated plates and shells subjected to thermal gradients across the thickness are presented for different boundary conditions, taking into account the temperature dependence of the material properties. The behaviour of laminates under thermal load is found to be different from that under mechanical loads in certain respects. © 1988.