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William Edward Newton

Biotechnologist

William Edward Newton, American biotechnologist. Achievements include research in the biosynthesis and organization of the enzyme nitrogenase and the mechanism of biological nitrogen fixation; identification of domains within which the active site is bound by targeted mutagenesis; characterization of the oxidation-reduction properties of this active site after isolation from its protein matrix.

Background

Newton, William Edward was born on November 10, 1938 in London. Came to the United States, 1968. Son of William Edward and May Newton.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Nottingham University, 1961. Doctor of Philosophy, London University, 1969.

Career

Research fellow Harvard University, Canbridge, Massachusetts, 1968-1969. Staff scientist C.F. Kettering Research Laboratory, Yellow Springs, Ohio, 1969-1973, investigator, 1973-1977, senior investigator, research manager, 1977-1984. Research leader Western Regional Research Center, Albany, California, 1984-1990.

Professor, biotechnology director Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, 1990-1992, professor, biochemistry department head, since 1993. Adjunct professor University California, Davis, 1984-1990. Chairman steering committee International Congress Nitrogen Fixation, Blacksburg, since 1973.

Achievements

  • Achievements include research in the biosynthesis and organization of the enzyme nitrogenase and the mechanism of biological nitrogen fixation. Identification of domains within which the active site is bound by targeted mutagenesis. Characterization of the oxidation-reduction properties of this active site after isolation from its protein matrix.

Works

  • Co-author: Kirk-Othner Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology, 1981. Editor of 13 books, 1976-1993.

Membership

Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, Royal Society Chemistry. Member American Chemical Society, American Society Biochemistry Molecular Biology.

Connections

Married Teresa Christine Blake, December 1, 1962 (divorced June 1976). Children: Andrew Edward, Lesley Patricia. Married Vicki Belle Phares, November 28, 1977.

Children: Rob Anthony, Timothy Carl.

father:
William Edward

mother:
May Newton

spouses:
Teresa Christine Blake

Vicki Belle Phares

children:
Andrew Edward Newton

Lesley Patricia Newton

Rob Anthony Newton

Timothy Carl Newton