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William Daniel Hillis

William Daniel Hillis, French, American biology professor. Licence in medicine and surgery Maryland, Texas. Named Outstanding Professor, Baylor University, 1985; recipient Louis Livingston Seaman award, Association Military Surgeons United States, 1978, Distinguished Alumnus award, Baylor University, 1998, Collins Professor award, 2010, University Professor of Year award, Cornelia Marshall Smith, 2009.


  • Hillis, William Daniel was born on June 12, 1933 in Paris. Son of Charles Raymond Hillis and Carra Elizabeth (Daniel) Coffee.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Baylor University, 1953. Doctor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, 1957.


    • Assistant professor pathobiology Johns Hopkins University and School Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, 1965-1968, associate professor, 1968-1972. Assistant professor Johns Hopkins University School Medicine, 1972-1976, associate professor, 1976-1982. Professor, chairman department biology Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 1982-1985, Cornelia Marshall Smith professor biology, 1985-1998, distinguished professor biology, since 1995, executive vice president, 1985-1989, vice president student affairs Texas, 1989-1998.

      Consultant National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, 1965-1968, National Heart and Lung Institute, Bethesda, 1977-1982. Director Health Professions Research Training Program, Baltimore, 1979-1982, Out-Patient Clinical Research Center, Baltimore, 1975-1982.

    Major achievements

    • Licence in medicine and surgery Maryland, Texas.


    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    President Baptist Home Maryland, Baltimore, 1972-1981. Maryland representative executive committee Southern Baptist Convention, NAshville, 1977-1982. Board directors Food for Hungry, Glendale, California, 1972-1982, Caritas, Waco, Texas, chair, 1989-1995.

    Colonel United States Air Force, 1960-1965, United States Air Force Reserve, 1965-1985. Member American Association Immunologists, Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, American Society for Microbiology, New York Academy of Sciences, McLennan County Medical Society, Waco C. of Chamber (board directors 1987), Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars, Mortar Board, Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha, Omicron Delta Kappa. Clubs: Johns Hopkins (Baltimore).



    Gardening, carpentry, stamp collecting/philately, music.


    • Married Argye Idell Briggs, December 23, 1952. Children: William Daniel Junior, David Mark, Argye Elizabeth Trupe.
    • father: Charles Raymond Hillis Coffee
    • mother: Carra Elizabeth (Daniel) Coffee
    • spouse: Argye Idell Briggs
    • children: William Daniel Junior Hillis
    • David Mark Hillis
    • Argye Elizabeth Trupe Hillis
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    Born June 12, 1933
    • 1953
      Baylor University
    • 1957
      Johns Hopkins University
    • 1965 - 1968
      Assistant, professor pathobiology Johns Hopkins University and School Hygiene and Public Health
      Baltimore, Maryland, United States
    • 1982 - 1985
      professor, department biology Baylor University
      Waco, Texas, United States
    • 1982 - 1985
      chairman, department biology Baylor University
      Waco, Texas, United States
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