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Wolf Vladimir Vishniac

educator , biologist

Wolf Vladimir Vishniac, German educator, biologist. Recipient Distinguished Alumnus award Brooklyn College, 1970, Apollo Achievement award National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1970, Lunar Quarantine Operations award National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1971.


Vishniac, Wolf Vladimir was born on May 20, 1922 in Berlin, Germany. Son of Roman and Lea (Bagg) Vishniac.


Came to the United States, 1940, naturalized, 1946. Bachelor of Arts, Brooklyn College, 1945. Master of Science, Washington University, St. Louis, 1946.

Doctor of Philosophy., Stanford, 1949.


United States Public Health Service fellow biochemistry New York University School Medicine, 1949-1952. Assistant professor, then associate professor microbiology Yale School Medicine, 1942-1961. Professor biology U. Rochester, 1961-1973, department chairman, 1965-1969.

Associate director Space Science Center, 1966-1971. CONS. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Academy Sciences. Chairman life science working group member Executive Committee COSPAR.

Lecturer Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics Academy Sciences, 1969. American Chemical Society lecturer, 1969, 72. Microbiology Foundation lecturer, 1972.

Delaware Connecticut Democratic Convs., 1958.


Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Member American Society Microbiology, Rochester Academy Sciences (honorary), Society General Microbiology, American Society Biological Chemists. Member editorial board journals in field.


Married Helen Frances Simpson, August 18, 1951. Children: David Obadiah (deceased), Ethan Tecumseh, Ephraim Meriwether.

Roman Vishniac

Lea (Bagg) Vishniac

Helen Frances Simpson

David Obadiah Vishniac (deceased)

Ethan Tecumseh Vishniac

Ephraim Meriwether Vishniac