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John Woodland Hastings

John Woodland Hastings, American biologist, educator. Guggenheim fellow, 1965-1966, National Institutes of Health fellow, 1972-1973, Yamada Foundation fellow, Osaka, Japan, 1986, Humboldt fellow, 1993, recipient Alexander von Humboldt prize, 1979, Lifetime Achievement award, American Society Photobiology, 2003, Peter C. Farrell Sleep Medicine prize, Harvard Medical School, 2006.


  • Hastings, John Woodland was born on March 24, 1927 in Salisbury, Maryland, United States. Son of Vaughan Archelaus and Kathrine (Stevens) Hastings.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Swarthmore College, 1947. Master of Arts, Princeton University, 1950. Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University, 1951.

      Master of Arts, Harvard University, 1966.


    • Atomic Energy Commission postdoctoral fellow Johns Hopkins, 1951-1953. Instructor to assistant professor biological science Northwestern University, 1953-1957. From assistant professor to professor biochemistry University Illinois at Urbana, 1957-1966.

      Professor biology Harvard, 1966-1987, Paul C. Mangelsdorf professor natural science, since 1987. Master Pforzheimer House, 1976-1996. Summer research participant Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1958.

      Visiting lecturer biochemistry Sheffield (England) University, 1961-1962. Instructor physiology Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, 1961-1966, director, 1962-1966, director marine ecology, 1989-1991, member corporation, 1961, trustee, 1966-1974, executive committee, 1968-1974. Guest professor Rockefeller University, 1965-1966, Institute Biological Physical Chemistry Paris, 1972-1973, University Konstanz, Germany, 1979-1980, National Biology Institute, Okazaki, Japan, 1986, University Munich, 1993.

      Distinguished visiting scientist California Institute of Technology, 2000, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 2000-2004. Member panel molecular biology National Science Foundation, 1963-1966, member advisory committee biology and medicine, 1968-1971. Committee postdoctoral fellowships chemistry National Academy of Sciences, 1965-1967, committee photobiology, 1965-1971, committee on phototherapy, 1971-1973, committee on low frequency radiation, 1975-1977.

      Member Commission Undergrad. Education in Biological Sciences, 1965-1966. Space biology committee National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1966-1971.

      Biochemistry training committee National Institute General Medical Sciences, 1968-1972. Member international advisory board Marine Biological Laboratory, Eilat, Israel, since 1968. Faculty associate California Institute of Technology, 2000.

      With United States Navy, 1944-1945.


    • Contributor professional journals.


    Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society Biological Chemists, Biophysics Society, Society of America Microbiologists, American Society Photobiology (president 1999-2001), Society General Physiology (president 1963-1965), Society Chemi- and Bio-luminescence (founding president 1994-1998), Pierian Foundation (president 1999—2001), Johns Hopkins Society Scholars, member National Academy of Sciences, American Academy Arts and Sciences.


    • Married Hanna Machlup, June 6, 1953. Children: Jennifer, David, Laura, Karen.
    • father: Vaughan Archelaus Hastings
    • mother: Kathrine (Stevens) Hastings
    • spouse: Hanna Machlup
    • children: Jennifer Hastings
    • David Hastings
    • Laura Hastings
    • Karen Hastings
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    • 1947
      Swarthmore College
    • 1950
      Princeton University
    • 1951
      Princeton University
    • 1966
      Harvard University
    • 1951 - 1953
      Atomic Energy Commission postdoctoral fellow, Johns Hopkins
    • 1953 - 1957
      instructor, to assistant professor biological science Northwestern University
    • 1957 - 1966
      from assistant, professor to professor biochemistry University Illinois at Urbana
    • 1976 - 1996
      master Pforzheimer House
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