John E. Hearst, PhD, DSc

John E. Hearst

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: University of California
Location: Berkeley, California, United States

John E. Hearst, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in chemistry.

Always good at math and engineering in school, Dr. Hearst decided to pursue the subjects further. He earned a scholarship to pursue chemical engineering at Yale University and ended up graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering in 1957. While there, however, he discovered that he liked science more. One of Dr. Hearst’s professors recommended he go to the California Institute of Technology, so he did. He found it to be an extraordinary place; he honed his knowledge of DNA there and received a PhD in 1961. He completed his training by completing postdoctoral research at Dartmouth College between 1961 and 1962.

Since then, Dr. Hearst has advanced through a variety of professional positions, including professor of chemistry and Miller research professor the University of California, founder and director of HRI Research Inc., founder and senior consultant of Advanced Genetics Research, Inc., and senior research scientist and director of the Division on Chemical Biodynamics at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. He also garnered experience as the founder, director, and vice president of new scientific opportunities at Cerus Corp., the founder and director of Steritech Inc., and a member of the scientific advisory board of Oncologics, Inc. Dr. Hearst accepted the distinguished titles of professor emeritus at the University of California and honorary professor at Qingdao University in China in 1996 and 2008, respectively. He also became a scientific advisory board member emeritus at Aduro Biotechnology, Inc., in 2008. He holds all three to this day.

Outside of his work, Dr. Hearst was also very active in his community. He served as the president of the American Society for Photobiology from 1991 to 1992, and as a member of prominent organizations like the Royal Society of Chemistry, the American Chemical Society, the Biophysical Society, the American Society of Biological Chemists, and the American Physical Society. Additionally, Dr. Heast was the executive editor of Nucleic Acids Research, the author of “Contemporary Chemistry,” and the editor of “General Chemistry.” He holds numerous patents in the field.

In recognition of his efforts, Dr. Hearst received the Scientific Professional Development Award from the National Science Foundation between 1977 and 1978, the Research Award from the American Society for Photobiology in 1994, The Berkeley Citation in 1999, the Mortimer Bortin Award for Outstanding Research in Bone Marrow Transplants in 2000, and the Tech Museum Discover Award in 2001. He was also granted fellowships by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the European Molecular Organization, as well as an honorary Doctor of Science from Lehigh University.

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