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Morris Rockstein

Morris Rockstein, American science writer, editor, consultant.


  • Rockstein, Morris was born on January 8, 1916 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Came to the United States, 1923. Son of David and Mina (Segal) Rockstein.

  • Education

    • AB magna cum laude, Brooklyn College, 1938. Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1941. Doctor of Philosophy, University Minnesota, 1948.

      Certified, Oak Ridge Institute Nuclear Studies, Tennessee, 1950.


    • Research assistant entomology University Minnesota, St. Paul, 1941-1942. Assistant professor, associate professor zoophysiology Washington State University, Pullman, 1948-1953. Assistant professor, then associate professor physiology New York University School Medicine, New York City, 1953-1961.

      Professor physiology University Miami School Medicine, 1961-1981, chairman department, 1967-1971. President Cortisol Medical Research, Inc., 1983-1985. Chairman science advisory board Anorexia Nervosa Institute, Melbourne, Florida, 1983-1985, Florida Medical Center, Lauderdale Lakes, 1971-1978.

      Consultant entomology American Public Health Association, 1961-1978. Delegate White House Conference on Aging, Washington, 1961, 71. Consultant insect physiology Section Tropical Medicine and Parasitology National Institutes of Health, Washington, 1962-1966, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1980-1992, BIOS, 1983-1985.

      Member corporation Marine Biological Laboratory, since 1961, trustee, 1961-1963, life member, trustee emeritus, since 1993. Visiting lecturer Minority Institutes Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology MARCPROG, 1983-1988.


    • Senior author: Biology of Human Aging, 1978. Editor: (with G.T. Baker) Molecular Genetic Mechanisms in Development and Aging, 1972, Development and Aging in the Nervous System, 1973, Physiology of Insecta, 6 vols., 1973-1974, Theoretical Aspects of Aging, 1977.

      (with R.T. Goldman) Physiology and Pathology of Human Aging, 1978, Biochemistry of Insects, 1978. Editor Miscellaneous Publications and Thos Say Foundation Monographs, 1983-1992. Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Member resource and management committee Area Agency on Aging, 1988-1990. Served with United States Army Air Force, 1942-1946, lieutenant Commander, United States Public Health Service research, 1951-1981. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science (life, member council 1962-1964), Gerontological Society (president 1965-1966), Entomological Society of America (life member).

    Member International Association Gerontology (member executive council 1963-1966), International Association Prolongation of Human Life Span (vice president 1974-1992), American Physiological Society, American Society Zoologists, Society General Physiologists, Sunflower Society Miami (vice president 1986-1988),Elks Lodge 948, Army-Navy Club, Coral Gables Country Club (board directors Fleet 1994-1996, 97-98), Century Club of Coral Gables, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi.


    • Children: Susan M. Bumgarner, Madelaine Jo Sottile.
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    Born January 8, 1916
    Died June 19, 2007
    (aged 91)
    • 1938
      Brooklyn College
    • 1941
      Columbia University
    • 1948
      University Minnesota
    • 1950
      Oak Ridge Institute Nuclear Studies
    • 1941 - 1942
      Research assistant, entomology University Minnesota
    • 1948 - 1953
      assistant, professor zoophysiology Washington State University
      Pullman, Washington, United States
    • 1948 - 1953
      associate, professor zoophysiology Washington State University
      Pullman, Washington, United States
    • 1953 - 1961
      assistant, professor physiology New York University School Medicine
    • 1953 - 1961
      then associate, professor physiology New York University School Medicine
    • 1983 - 1985
      president, Cortisol Medical Research
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