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Walter John Nickerson

educator , microbiologist.

Walter John Nickerson, American educator, microbiologist. Recipient Distinguished Alumni award West Chester College.


Nickerson, Walter John was born on August 6, 1915 in Plainfield, New Jersey, United States. Son of Walter John and Elizabeth Regina (Smythe) Nickerson.


Bachelor of Science, West Chester College, 1937. Master of Arts, Harvard, 1940, Doctor of Philosophy., 1942.


1 son, Kenneth Warwick. Married second, Thelma Cancro, October 5, 1962 (deceased). Married 3d, Shirley Hoyt, April 12, 1969.

Instructor Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts, 1942-1943, assistant professor, 1946-1947, associate professor, 1948-1950. Assistant dermatology Tufts U. Medical College, 1946-1950. Guggenheim fellow Carlsberg Laboratory, Copenhagen, also Laboratorium voor Microbiologie, Delft, Holland, 1947-1948.

Visiting professor biology Brown U., 1948-1950. Associate professor microbiology Rutgers University, 1950-1954, professor microbial biochemistry, 1954-1978. Microbiologist on Blue Dolphin Northern Labrador expedition, 1954.

Cons. United States Public Health Service, 1955-1959, 62-66, 74-77. Research collaborator Brookhaven National Laboratory, Atomic Energy Commission, 1956-1957. Delegate 4th International Congress Microbiology, Copenhagen, 1947, Fifth International Congress, Rio de Janeiro, 1950 (vice president), 6th International Congress, Rome, 1953, 7th International Congress, Stockholm, 1958 (vice president), 4th International Congress Biochemistry, Vienna, 1958.

Plenary lecturer 2d International Conference on Yeasts, Brno, Czechoslovakia, 1968. Symposium lecturer 10th International Congress Microbiology, Mexico City, 1970, French Academy Microbiology, Paris, 1970.


  • Editor: Biology of Pathogenic Fungi, 1947. Biochemistry of Morphogenesis, 1959. Editorial board Chronica Botanica, 1943-1956, Science, 1952-1954, Science Monthly, 1952-1954, Federation Proceedings, 1973-1975.

    Author technical papers in science-journals.


Member Science advisory board Leonard Wood Memorial Foundation, 1973-1974, chairman, 1974-1977. Served to First lieutenant United States Army Air Force, 1943-1946. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy Microbiology.

Member Society American Bacteriologists (president New Jersey branch 1953-1954), Society General Microbiology (Great Britain), American Society Biological Chemists.


Married Helen Kelsall, September 6, 1941 (divorced).; married second, Thelma Cancro, October 5, 1962 (deceased).

Walter John Nickerson

Elizabeth Regina (Smythe) Nickerson

Helen Kelsall

Thelma Cancro