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William Louis Pak

biologist , educator , researcher

William Louis Pak, Korean, American biologist, researcher, educator. Achievements include research in use of the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster for molecular genetic dissection of nerve cell functions.

Background

Pak, William Louis was born on September 27, 1932 in Suwon, Republic of Korea. Came to the United States, 1948.

Education

AB summa cum laude, Boston University, 1955. Doctor of Philosophy, Cornell University, 1960.

Career

Institute physics Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey, 1960-1961, assistant professor physics, 1961-1965. Assistant professor biology Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1965-1967, associate professor biology, 1967-1972, professor biology, 1972-1987, Oreffice distinguished professor biological science, since 1987. Panel member Visual Sciences B Study Section National Institutes of Health, 1972-1975.

Member Vision Research Review Committee National Eye Institute, 1986-1990. Roche Research Foundation visiting professor, Basel, Switzerland, 1984.

Achievements

  • Achievements include research in use of the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster for molecular genetic dissection of nerve cell functions.

Works

  • Author: (with others) The Molecular Biology of the Retina, 1991, Molecular Genetics of Inherited Eye Disorders, 1994, Degenerative Diseases of the Retina, 1995. Member editorial board Journal Neurogenetics, 1982-1988, member advisory board, since 1988. Contributor articles to Cell, Proceedings National Academy of Sciences United States of America, Journal Biological Chemistry, Journal General Physiology, European Molecular Biology Organization Journal.

Membership

Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Physiological Society, Association Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (Friedenwald award 1995), Biophysics Society, Collegium of Distinguished Alumni Boston University, National Alumni Council Boston University, Phi Beta Kappa.

Connections

Married Marion Whitehouse, June 21, 1958. Children: William L. Junior, Dorothy K.

spouse:
Marion Whitehouse

children:
William L. Junior Pak

Dorothy K. Pak