Title: Senior Policy Analyst
Company: Office of Regulatory Science, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Location: College Park, Maryland, United States
Reginald Wendell Bennett, MS, FAAM, Senior Policy Analyst at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Microbiology.
For ten years, Mr. Bennet served as chief of microbiological methods with the development branch of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, from 1997 to 2007. He was always interested in science, and is proud of becoming a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. Mr. Bennet feels he has been successful due to perseverance, creativity, and a multifaceted personality. He is well known for his work on co-development of the microslide serological system for identifying staph enterotoxin, a detection system for serotyping listeria, and the invention of monovalent capture using a multivalent antibody-enzyme conjugate assay for staph enterotoxin.
Mr. Bennet is the recipient of an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and a Marquis Who’s Who Humanitarian Award, and has appeared in the pages of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in the World. He was born to Commodore Nathaniel Bennet and Burnley Muriel Bennet in 1933, and studied with the University of Pittsburgh to earn a BS in microbiology in 1955, followed by an MS in 1958. He conducted coursework at the National Institutes of Health Graduate School at the University of Virginia, and first entered the field with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, eventually becoming a bacteriologist with the center’s Children’s General Hospital. Mr. Bennet became a microbiologist with the FDA in 1960, and was acting chief of the research branch from 1993 to 1997. Notably, he was tapped as a research coordinator with the National Research Center in Cairo, Egypt in 1978.
Honored with numerous awards over his prolific career, Mr. Bennet is notably the eponym of the Reginald Bennet Garnet Wood Book Award, and received a 2004 President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association for Food Protection as well as numerous recognitions from the FDA. He is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists, the American Society for Microbiology, the International Association for Food Protection, and a fellow of the Association of Official Analytical Chemists International. Mr. Bennet married Clara Francis Knight in 1955, and is the father of Rinaldo, Regina, and Ricardo. In his free time, he enjoys travel, photography, and cooking, particularly baking rum cakes.
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