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William Louis Pak

William Louis Pak, Korean, American biologist, researcher, educator. Achievements include research in use of the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster for molecular genetic dissection of nerve cell functions.

Background

  • Pak, William Louis was born on September 27, 1932 in Suwon, Republic of Korea. Came to the United States, 1948.

  • Education

    • AB summa cum laude, Boston University, 1955. Doctor of Philosophy, Cornell University, 1960.

    Career

    • Institute physics Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey, 1960-1961, assistant professor physics, 1961-1965. Assistant professor biology Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1965-1967, associate professor biology, 1967-1972, professor biology, 1972-1987, Oreffice distinguished professor biological science, since 1987. Panel member Visual Sciences B Study Section National Institutes of Health, 1972-1975.

      Member Vision Research Review Committee National Eye Institute, 1986-1990. Roche Research Foundation visiting professor, Basel, Switzerland, 1984.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include research in use of the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster for molecular genetic dissection of nerve cell functions.

    Works

    • Author: (with others) The Molecular Biology of the Retina, 1991, Molecular Genetics of Inherited Eye Disorders, 1994, Degenerative Diseases of the Retina, 1995. Member editorial board Journal Neurogenetics, 1982-1988, member advisory board, since 1988. Contributor articles to Cell, Proceedings National Academy of Sciences United States of America, Journal Biological Chemistry, Journal General Physiology, European Molecular Biology Organization Journal.

    Membership

    Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Physiological Society, Association Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (Friedenwald award 1995), Biophysics Society, Collegium of Distinguished Alumni Boston University, National Alumni Council Boston University, Phi Beta Kappa.

    Connections

    • Married Marion Whitehouse, June 21, 1958. Children: William L. Junior, Dorothy K.
    • spouse: Marion Whitehouse
    • children: William L. Junior Pak
    • Dorothy K. Pak
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    Born September 27, 1932
    Nationality
    • 1955
      Boston University
    • 1960
      Cornell University
    • 1960 - 1961
      Technology, Institute physics Stevens Institute
      Hoboken, New Jersey, United States
    • 1965 - 1967
      assistant, professor biology Purdue University
      West Lafayette, Indiana, United States