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Lee DeBorde Peachey

biology professor

Lee DeBorde Peachey, American biology professor. Achievements include research in mechanisms of muscle cell contraction; development of methods in light and electron microscopy; development of computer graphic methods for three-dimensional image analysis and reconstruction.


Peachey, Lee DeBorde was born on April 14, 1932 in Rochester, New York, United States. Son of Clarence Henry and Eunice (DeBorde) Peachey.


Bachelor of Science, Lehigh University, 1953. Postgraduate, University Rochester, 1956. Doctor of Philosophy (Leitz fellow), Rockefeller University, 1959.

Master of Arts (honorary), University Pennsylvania, 1971.


Research associate Rockefeller University, 1959-1960. Assistant professor zoology Columbia University, 1960-1963, associate professor, 1963-1965. Associate professor biochemistry and biophysics University Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1965-1970, professor biology, 1970-2000, professor emeritus, since 2000.

Adjunct professor molecular, cellular and developmental biology University Colorado, 1969-1984. Member molecular biology study section National Institutes of Health, 1969-1973. International visiting professor Ministry Education, Science and Culture Gunma (Japan) University Medical School, Maebashi, 1992-1995.

Biomedical research technical review committee National Institutes of Health, 1994-2000. Member Mayor's Science and Technology Advisory Council, Philadelphia, 1972-1980. Chairman Gordon Research Conference on Muscle, 1983.

Extension evaluation committee National Institute Physiological Science, Okazaki, Japan, 1997. Consultant Leica Microsystems, since 2002.


  • Achievements include research in mechanisms of muscle cell contraction. Development of methods in light and electron microscopy. Development of computer graphic methods for three-dimensional image analysis and reconstruction.



Trustee Keith R. Porter Endowment for Cell Biology, Merion Station, Pennsylvania, 1981–2004. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, Electron Microscopy Society of America (council 1975-1978, president 1982), American Society Cell Biology (program chairman 1965, council 1966-1969), Biophysics Society (program chairman 1976, council 1976-1980, executive committee 1976-1982, president 1981-1982), International Union Pure and Applied Biophysics (council 1978-1984, vice president 1984-1987, president 1987-1990, chairman commission on cell and membrane biophysics 1981-1984, honorary vice president 1990-1993), Physiological Society (England). Member International Society Stereology (international stereology software committee 1982-1994), Society General Physiologists.


Married Helen Pauline Fuchs, June 7, 1958. Children: Michael Stephen, Sarah Elizabeth Keating, Anne Palmer Lorenz.

Clarence Henry Peachey

Eunice (DeBorde) Peachey

Helen Pauline Fuchs

Michael Stephen Peachey

Sarah Elizabeth Keating Peachey

Anne Palmer Lorenz Peachey