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Robert Yuan

educator , Molecular biologist

Robert Yuan, American molecular biologist, educator. Achievements include discovery of first restriction enzyme. Fellow Damon Runyon Foundation, 1966, Helen Hay Whitney Foundation, 1967-1969, European Molecular Biology Organization, 1971. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society for Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Cosmos Club.

Background

Yuan, Robert was born on October 9, 1938 in Paris. Son of Tao Feng and Rose (Ouang) Yuan.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Antioch College, 1960. Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Biology, Albert Einstein College Medical, 1966.

Career

Research assistant Fels Research Institute, Yellow Springs, Ohio, 1960-1961. Research fellow Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1966-1971. Visiting lecturer Edinburgh (England) University, 1971.

Associate professor University Basel, Switzerland, 1972-1977. Section chief National Cancer Institute, Frederick, Maryland, 1977-1985. First secretary United States Embassy, London, 1985-1986.

Professor University Maryland, College Park, since 1985. Consultant United States Department Commerce, Washington, 1986-1990, United States National Research Council, Washington, 1990-1992, Hong Kong Department Trade and Industry, 1990-1991, National Science and Technology Development Agency, Bangkok, 1996.

Achievements

  • Achievements include discovery of first restriction enzyme.

Works

  • Asian editor: Genetic Engineering News, since 1991. Author: Biotechnology in Western Europe, 1987, Biotechnology in Japan, 1990.

Membership

Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society for Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Cosmos Club.

Connections

Married Ying Ying Tsien, June 17, 1967 (divorced June 1990). 1 child, Nicole; married Yuan Lin, May 29, 1992.

father:
Tao Feng Yuan

mother:
Rose (Ouang) Yuan

spouses:
Ying Ying Tsien

Yuan Lin

child:
Nicole Yuan