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Robert Yuan

Robert Yuan, American molecular biologist, educator. Achievements include discovery of first restriction enzyme. Fellow Damon Runyon Foundation, 1966, Helen Hay Whitney Foundation, 1967-1969, European Molecular Biology Organization, 1971. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society for Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Cosmos Club.

Background

  • Yuan, Robert was born on October 9, 1938 in Paris. Son of Tao Feng and Rose (Ouang) Yuan.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Antioch College, 1960. Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Biology, Albert Einstein College Medical, 1966.

    Career

    • Research assistant Fels Research Institute, Yellow Springs, Ohio, 1960-1961. Research fellow Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1966-1971. Visiting lecturer Edinburgh (England) University, 1971.

      Associate professor University Basel, Switzerland, 1972-1977. Section chief National Cancer Institute, Frederick, Maryland, 1977-1985. First secretary United States Embassy, London, 1985-1986.

      Professor University Maryland, College Park, since 1985. Consultant United States Department Commerce, Washington, 1986-1990, United States National Research Council, Washington, 1990-1992, Hong Kong Department Trade and Industry, 1990-1991, National Science and Technology Development Agency, Bangkok, 1996.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include discovery of first restriction enzyme.

    Works

    • Asian editor: Genetic Engineering News, since 1991. Author: Biotechnology in Western Europe, 1987, Biotechnology in Japan, 1990.

    Membership

    Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society for Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Cosmos Club.

    Connections

    • Married Ying Ying Tsien, June 17, 1967 (divorced June 1990). 1 child, Nicole; married Yuan Lin, May 29, 1992.
    • father: Tao Feng Yuan
    • mother: Rose (Ouang) Yuan
    • spouses: Ying Ying Tsien
    • Yuan Lin
    • child: Nicole Yuan
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    Born October 9, 1938
    Nationality
    • 1960
      Antioch College
    • 1966
      Albert Einstein College Medical
    • 1960 - 1961
      Research assistant, Fels Research Institute
      Yellow Springs, Ohio, United States
    • 1966 - 1971
      research fellow, Harvard University
      Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1971
      visiting lecturer, Edinburgh (England) University
    • 1972 - 1977
      associate, professor University Basel
      Switzerland
    • 1977 - 1985
      section chief National Cancer Institute
      Frederick, Maryland, United States
    • 1985 - 1986
      first secretary, United States Embassy
      London, Mpumalanga, South Africa
    • 1985
      professor, University Maryland
      College Park, Maryland, United States
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