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Dr. Wendell M. Stanley, biochemist (research), was born in Ridgeville, Indiana, on August 16, 1904; son of James G. and Claire (Plessinger) Stanley.

      His education was as follows: B.S. from Earlham College in 1926, Sc.D. (Hon.) in 1938; M.S. from University of Illinois in 1927 and Ph.D. in 1929; Sc.D. (Hon.) from Harvard University and Yale University in 1938; LL.D. (Hon.) from University of California in 1946; Sc.D. from Princeton University in 1947; Dr. honoris causa from University of Paris in 1947; LL.D. (Hon.) from Indiana University in 1951.

      Dr. Stanley was research associate at University of Illinois, 1929-30, and instructor in 1930; National Research Council Fellow, Munich, 1930-41; assistant, Rockefeller Institute, New York, 1931-32, Rockefeller Institute, Princeton, N.J., 1932-35, associate, 1935-37, associate member, 1937-40, and member, 1940-48. Member of Executive Committee and Council of National Academy of Sciences, 1945-48, 1952-55; member of Council of American Philosophical Society, 1946-49; chairman of panel on virus diseases of committee on growth, 1947-48. Consultant to Secretary of War, 1945-46. Member of Council of American Society of Biological Chemists 1951-, member of World Health Organization’s expert advisory panel on virus diseases 1951-, and National Advisory Cancer Council, 1952-56. At present he is Professor of Biochemistry, chairman of the Department and director of the Virus Laboratory, University of California at Berkeley.

      Member of Editorial Board, Proceedings of Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, 1951-1956; member of Editorial Board, Archives fur die gesamte Virusforschung, since 1951. Member of American Philosophical Society; National Academy of Sciences; Gamma Alpha, Alpha Omega Alpha (Hon.); Franklin Institute (Hon.); Harvey Society (Hon.); American Society of Biological Chemists; American Association for Advancement of Science; American Phytopathological Society; American Society of Naturalists; American Chemical Society; Alpha Chi Sigma, Phi Lambda Upsilon, Sigma Xi; Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine; Phi Kappa Phi.

      Dr. Stanley is the author of publications on viruses in scientific journals and contributor to “Viral and Rickettsial Infections of Man” and other books. Awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Science prize in 1937; The Isaac Adler prize in 1938 by Medical School of Harvard University; The Rosenberger Medal for 1938 by University of Chicago; The John Scott Medal, Certificate, and premium of $1,000 for 1938 by City of Philadelphia; The Gold Medal of the American Institute of the City of New York for 1941; a Copernican Citation by Copernican Quadricentennial National Committee in 1943; The Nichols Medal of New York Section of The American Chemical Society in 1946; Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1946; Gibbs Medal of Chicago Section of American Chemical Society in 1947; Franklin Medal of the Franklin Institute in 1948, for chemical studies on viruses. Received the Presidential Certificate of Merit for development of centrifuge-type influenza vaccine, 1948.

      Dr. Stanley was Sigma Xi national lecturer in 1938; Harvey lecturer, Harvey Society, in 1938; Hitchcock Professor, University of California, October of 1940; visiting professor of Chemistry, Earlham College, May of 1941; Messenger lecturer, Cornell University, in 1942; Vanuxem lecturer, Princeton University, 1942; Edgar Fahs Smith Memorial lecturer, University of Pennsylvania, 1947; Silliman lecturer, Yale University, 1947; Lower lecturer, Cleveland Academy of Medicine, 1948; Biology Colloquium lecturer, Oregon State College, 1950.

      On June 15, 1929, Dr. Stanley married Marian Staples Jay; children: Wendell M., Jr., born November 9, 1932; Marjorie Jean, born May 22, 1934; Dorothy Claire, born July 3, 1937; and Janet Elizabeth, born July 4, 1942.

      Home: 220 The Uplands, Berkeley 5, California.

      Address: Biochemistry and Virus Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley 4, California.





Transcribed by Marie Hassard 02 March 2014.

­­Source: Eminent Californians 1953, by Lee E. Johnson & C. W. Taylor. Pages 165-166, C. W. Taylor Publ., Palo Alto, California, 1953.

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