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Patrick E, McGovern, American lab administrator, director, research scientist. Achievements include discovery of earliest chemically confirmed alcoholic beverage from China, grape wine from middle east, barley beer from middle east, and chocolate from mesoamerica & earliest steel from Jordan.


McGovern, Patrick E, was born on December 9, 1944 in Corpus Christi, Texas, United States. Son of Edward and Florence Brisbin McGovern.


AB, Cornell University, 1966. Studied neurochemistry, University Rochester, 1967. Studied archaeology, Hebrew University, 1977.

Doctor of Philosophy, University Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1980.


Director, Baq'ah Valley (Jordan) Project & consulting scholar, research associate Near East University Pennsylvania Museum, Philadelphia, 1981. Research specialist MASCA (Museum Applied Science Center for Archaeology), University Pennsylvania Museum, 1979, senior research scientist Philadelphia, 1997—2009, science director, biomolecular archaeology laboratory, since 2009. Adjunct assistan professor Dropsie University, Philadelphia, 1982.

Lecturer anthropology and history Rutgers University, 1992. Visiting research scholar University Uppsala, Sweden, 1991, University Copenhagen, 1995, University Vienna, 1997. Adjunct associate professor anthropology University Pennsylvania, 1997.

Speaker in field; consultant and supervisor on several archaeological and scientific fieldwork.


Member of Archaeological Institute American, American Center Oriental Research (trustee 1991-1997), American Schools Oriental Research (editorial committee journal 2002-2008).


Married Doris E. Nordmeier, September 22, 1973.