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Ian Heywood Mather

Ian Heywood Mather, British cell biologist, educator. Achievements include research on epithelial cell polarity, cell biology of milk secretion. Grantee National Science Foundation, 1978-1989, 92-95, United States Department of Agriculture, 1980, 85-89, 95-2003, National Institutes of Health, 2006-2010.


  • Mather, Ian Heywood was born on June 24, 1945 in Cheadle, England. Came to United States, 1973. Naturalized, 1993. Son of Eric Heywood and May (Chandley) Mather.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University Wales, 1966. Doctor of Philosophy, University Wales, 1971.


    • Research fellow University Kent, Canterbury, England, 1970-1972. Research associate Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1973-1975. Assistant professor University Maryland, College Park, 1975-1980, associate professor, 1980-1985, professor animal science, since 1985, distinguished research fellow, since 2002.

      Visiting professor German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany, 1982—1983. Fogarty Foundation senior international fellow European Molecular Biology Laboratory, 1989—1990. Visiting scientist University Cambridge, England, National Institute Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, 2004.

      Director Graduate Program of Animal Sciences, since 2007. Member cell biology program National Science Foundation, Washington, 1978, 84-88. Chairman Gordon Conference on Mammary Gland Biology, 1989.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include research on epithelial cell polarity, cell biology of milk secretion.


    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, Bio-chemical Society (London), American Society Bio-chemical Molecular Biology, American Society Cell Biology, American Dairy Science Association (American Cyanamid, Dean Food awards), Sigma Xi (award).


    • Married Frances Marie Twohig, May 25, 1974 (deceased February 20, 2001). Children: Stephen Eric, Elizabeth Heywood.
    • father: Eric Heywood Mather
    • mother: May (Chandley) Mather
    • spouse: Frances Marie Twohig
    • children: Stephen Eric Mather
    • Elizabeth Heywood Mather
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    Born June 24, 1945
    (age 72)
    • 1966
      University Wales
    • 1971
      University Wales
    • 1970 - 1972
      Research fellow, University Kent
      England, Arkansas, United States
    • 1973 - 1975
      research associate, Purdue University
      West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
    • 1975 - 1980
      assistant, professor University Maryland
      College Park, Maryland, United States
    • 1982 - 1983
      visiting professor, German Cancer Research Center
      Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
    • 1989 - 1990
      Fogarty Foundation senior, international fellow European Molecular Biology Laboratory
    • 2004
      visiting scientist, University Cambridge
      England, Arkansas, United States
    • 2007
      director, Graduate Program of Animal Sciences
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