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William Edward Newton

William Edward Newton, American biotechnologist. Achievements include research in the biosynthesis and organization of the enzyme nitrogenase and the mechanism of biological nitrogen fixation; identification of domains within which the active site is bound by targeted mutagenesis; characterization of the oxidation-reduction properties of this active site after isolation from its protein matrix.

Background

  • Newton, William Edward was born on November 10, 1938 in London. Came to the United States, 1968. Son of William Edward and May Newton.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Nottingham University, 1961. Doctor of Philosophy, London University, 1969.

    Career

    • Research fellow Harvard University, Canbridge, Massachusetts, 1968-1969. Staff scientist C.F. Kettering Research Laboratory, Yellow Springs, Ohio, 1969-1973, investigator, 1973-1977, senior investigator, research manager, 1977-1984. Research leader Western Regional Research Center, Albany, California, 1984-1990.

      Professor, biotechnology director Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, 1990-1992, professor, biochemistry department head, since 1993. Adjunct professor University California, Davis, 1984-1990. Chairman steering committee International Congress Nitrogen Fixation, Blacksburg, since 1973.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include research in the biosynthesis and organization of the enzyme nitrogenase and the mechanism of biological nitrogen fixation. Identification of domains within which the active site is bound by targeted mutagenesis. Characterization of the oxidation-reduction properties of this active site after isolation from its protein matrix.

    Works

    • Co-author: Kirk-Othner Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology, 1981. Editor of 13 books, 1976-1993.

    Membership

    Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, Royal Society Chemistry. Member American Chemical Society, American Society Biochemistry Molecular Biology.

    Connections

    • Married Teresa Christine Blake, December 1, 1962 (divorced June 1976). Children: Andrew Edward, Lesley Patricia. Married Vicki Belle Phares, November 28, 1977.

      Children: Rob Anthony, Timothy Carl.
    • father: William Edward
    • mother: May Newton
    • spouses: Teresa Christine Blake
    • Vicki Belle Phares
    • children: Andrew Edward Newton
    • Lesley Patricia Newton
    • Rob Anthony Newton
    • Timothy Carl Newton
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    Born November 10, 1938
    Nationality
    • 1961
      Nottingham University
    • 1969
      London University
    • 1968 - 1969
      Research fellow, Harvard University
      Massachusetts, United States
    • 1969 - 1973
      staff scientist, C.F. Kettering Research Laboratory
      Yellow Springs, Ohio, United States
    • 1973 - 1977
      staff scientist, C.F. Kettering Research Laboratory
    • 1984 - 1990
      research leader, Western Regional Research Center
      Albany, New York, United States
    • 1990 - 1992
      professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
      Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
    • 1990 - 1992
      biotechnology director, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
      Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
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