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John Woodland Hastings

American biologist

John Woodland "Woody" Hastings, PhD., (March 24, 1927 – August 6, 2014) was an American scientist, educator, and writer.

John Woodland Hastings
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Born(1927-03-24)March 24, 1927
DiedAugust 6, 2014(2014-08-06) (aged 87)
ResidenceUnited States
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materSwarthmore College, 1944-1947; B.A. 1947 (Navy V-12 medical officers training program)

Princeton University, 1948-1951; M.A. 1950, PhD. 1951 - adviser E. N. Harvey

Johns Hopkins University, 1951-1953 Postdoctoral Fellow with W. D. McElroy
Known forFounding circadian biology
AwardsNATO Senior Fellow in Science, Foundation Curie, Orsay, France, 1977
Scientific career
FieldsBioluminescence, Circadian rhythms
InstitutionsInstructor in Biological Sciences Northwestern University 1953-1957

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry University of Illinois 1957-1966 Professor of Biology Harvard University, 1966-1986;

Paul C. Mangelsdorf Professor of Natural Sciences Harvard University 1986 - present
Doctoral studentsDavid Johnson States[1][2]

Early lifeEdit

Hastings was born in Salisbury, Maryland. He lived in Seaford, Delaware during his early childhood. Hastings studied at Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. Hastings moved to Lenox School in Lenox, Massachusetts in 1941.[3][4]

CareerEdit

Hastings was a leader in the field of photobiology, especially bioluminescence. He was one of the founders of the field of circadian biology (the study of circadian rhythms, or the sleep-wake cycle).[5] He was a professor at Harvard University.[6][7] He has published over 400 papers and co-edited three books.[7]

DeathEdit

Hastings died of pulmonary fibrosis on August 6, 2014 at Lexington, Massachusetts.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "David J. States". Stateslab.org. Retrieved 2011-06-17.
  2. "UT Health Science Center at Houston". www.uth.edu.
  3. http://www.pnas.org/content/104/3/693.full.pdf
  4. Davis, Tinsley H. (2007-01-10). "Profile of J. Woodland Hastings". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 104 (3): 693–5. doi:10.1073/pnas.0610519104. PMC 1783375. PMID 17215362. 
  5. "2006 Farrell Prize recipient J. Woodland Hastings | Division of Sleep Medicine @ Harvard". Sleep.med.harvard.edu. Retrieved 2011-06-17.
  6. "Faculty Profile: J. Woodland Hastings, PhD | Division of Sleep Medicine @ Harvard Medical School". Sleep.med.harvard.edu. Retrieved 2011-06-17.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Hastings Lab: J. Woodland Hastings". Mcb.harvard.edu. Retrieved 2011-06-17.
  8. "J. W. Hastings, 87, a pioneer in bioluminescence research, dies". New York Times.com. Retrieved 9 August 2014.

For more informationEdit

  • McElroy, W.D.; Hastings, J.W.; Sonnenfeld, V.; Coulombre, J. (1953). "The requirement of riboflavin-phosphate for bacterial luminescence". Science 118: 385–386. doi:10.1126/science.118.3066.385. 
  • Hastings, J.W.; McElroy, W.D.; Coulombre, J. (1953). "The effect of oxygen upon the immobilization reaction in firefly luminescence". J. Cell and Comp. Physiol 42: 137–150. doi:10.1002/jcp.1030420109. 
  • Hastings, J.W. (1952b). "Oxygen concentration and bioluminescence intensity II: Cypridina hilgendorfii". J. Cell. and Comp. Physiol 40: 1–9. doi:10.1002/jcp.1030400102. 
  • Hastings, J.W. (1952a). "Oxygen concentration and bioluminescence intensity. I: Bacteria and fungi". J. Cell and Comp. Physiol 39: 1–30. doi:10.1002/jcp.1030390102. 

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