Robert L. Jeanne, Ph.D.

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Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Location: Madison, Wisconsin, United States

Robert L. Jeanne, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in biology and higher education.

When he was growing up, Dr. Jeanne spent much of his childhood in the wilderness of New Hampshire, as he was encouraged by his mother to explore the woods. Serving as the inspiration to delve into his profession, he later took a biology course in high school which further solidified his decision to study the sciences. In 1964, he earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from Denison University, and subsequently went on to complete postgraduate studies at the University of Giessen in Germany from 1964 to 1965. Soon thereafter, he attended Harvard University, where he received a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in biology in 1968 and 1971, respectively.

Commencing his career at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Dr. Jeanne served as an instructor of biology from 1970 to 1971 before transferring to Boston University as jeanne, robert 4114416_2156268 tp 2an assistant professor of biology for the following five years. In 1976, he began his tenure at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, acting as an assistant professor of entomology for three years before moving up the ranks to associate professor for four years and full professor for the remaining 26 years of his tenure. He attained the rank of professor emeritus in 2010. Throughout his career, he had numerous discoveries in nest construction, nest architecture, communication, defense, caste polymorphism, age polytheism, social organization and life histories in wasps. He also garnered one U.S. patent.

Dr. Jeanne is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has maintained affiliation with the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, the Animal Behavior Society, the International Union for the Study of Social Insects, where he served as president of the Western Hemisphere section in 1981, the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation and Sigma Xi, among many other organizations. Among the highlights of his career, he cites publishing myriad papers on the socialization of wasps and functions of behavior as crowning achievements. As a testament to his success, he was elected a fellow of the Guggenheim Memorial and the Rotary Foundation. In addition, he was featured in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in the World.

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