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Donald Lee Keister

Donald Lee Keister, American biochemist. Achievements include research on the enzymology and bioenergetics of photosynthesis in bacteria and higher plants, nitrogen fixation in legumes and on plant-microbe interactions. Grantee National Science Foundation, United States Department Agricultural; fellow National Foundation, 1959-1961.

Background

  • Keister, Donald Lee was born on December 10, 1933 in Beckley, West Virginia, United States. Son of Roy Howard and W. Myrtle (Neel) Keister.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, West Virginia Wesleyan College, 1954. Master of Science, University Maryland, 1956. Doctor of Philosophy, University Maryland, 1959.

    Career

    • Research associate Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 1959-1961, Research Institute Advanced Study, Baltimore, 1961-1962. Investigator, senior investigator Charles F. Kettering Research Laboratory, Yellow Springs, Ohio, 1962-1984. Research leader United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service Nitrogen Fixation Soybean Genetics Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland, 1984-1990, United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service Soybean and Alfalfa Research Laboratory, Beltsville, since 1990.

      Senior scientist United States Department of State, United States Science Technology Institute, 1984-1991. Speaker in field; adjunct professor Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, 1963-1980, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, 1980-1984.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include research on the enzymology and bioenergetics of photosynthesis in bacteria and higher plants, nitrogen fixation in legumes and on plant-microbe interactions.

    Works

    • Editor: The Rhizosphere and Plant Growth, 1991. Contributor over 100 scientific papers to professional journals and books.

    Membership

    Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society Microbiology, American Society Biochemistry Molecular Biology, American Society Plant Physiologists.

    Connections

    • Married Joyce Elizabeth Diggs, January 17, 1937. Children: Alan Hamilton, Julie Eileen, Cristyn Annual.
    • father: Roy Howard Keister
    • mother: W. Myrtle (Neel) Keister
    • spouse: Joyce Elizabeth Diggs
    • children: Alan Hamilton Keister
    • Julie Eileen Keister
    • Cristyn Annual Keister
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    Born December 10, 1933
    Nationality
    • 1954
      West Virginia Wesleyan College
    • 1956
      University Maryland
    • 1959
      University Maryland
    • 1959 - 1961
      Research associate, Johns Hopkins University
      Baltimore, Maryland, United States
    • 1961 - 1962
      Research associate, Johns Hopkins University
      Baltimore, Maryland, United States
    • 1984 - 1990
      research leader, United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service Nitrogen Fixation Soybean Genetics Laboratory
      Beltsville, Maryland, United States
    • 1990
      research leader, United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service Nitrogen Fixation Soybean Genetics Laboratory
      Beltsville, Maryland, United States
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