Glass, Bentley, 1906-2005

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Born in Laichowfu, Shantung, China, January 17, 1906, and educated at Baylor (AB, 1926; MA, 1929; LLD, 1958) and the University of Texas (PhD, 1932). Full name: Hiram Bentley Glass.

Fellow in genetics at the National Research Council, the University of Oslo, the Kaiser Wilhelm Institut, and the University of Missouri, 1932-1934; before landing as an instructor at Stephens College (1934-1938); Goucher College (1938-1948), and Johns Hopkins University (1948-1965).

Research in the genetics of Drosophila, human genetics, suppressor genes, Rh blood types, and the history of genetics. Historian of genetics as well as geneticist, principal figure in the History and Genetics Project at the APS (1978-1986) and editor of Forerunners of Darwin: 1745-1859 (Baltimore: JHU, 1959)

As significant as Glass’s scientific work was, his major importance to the field may have been as an organizer and facilitator, a hub of a number of scientific networks.

Assistant editor at the Quarterly Review of Biology (1944-1948), board of trustees of Biological Abstracts (1954-1960); advisor to Committee on Biology and Medicine, AEC (1955-1963, chair, 1962-1963); member of Committee on the Genetic Effects of Atomic Radiation, Genetics Panel, National Academy of Science (1955-1964); board of trustees of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (1967-1973).

Member of numerous organizations: National Academy of Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science (president, 1969), Genetics Society of America (vice-president, 1970), American Society of Naturalists (secretary, 1950-1953, president, 1965), the National Association of Biology Teachers (president, 971), and the American Society of Human Genetics (president, 1967).

From the guide to the Bentley Glass Papers, Circa 1930-1990, (American Philosophical Society)

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referencedIn Bronson Price Papers, 1926-1978 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Jackson Laboratory Oral History Collection, 1986 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Bentley Glass Papers, Circa 1930-1990 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn William B. Provine collection of evolutionary biology reprints, 20th century. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Haurowitz, Felix, 1896-1987. Mss., 1920-1985 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Harrison Dailey Stalker papers, 1936-1977, 1936-1977 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Hollaender, Alexander, 1898-1986. Papers, 1950-1970. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn Stalker, Harrison Dailey, 1915-1982. Papers, 1936-1977. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn Alexander Hollaender Papers, 1955-1974 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn E. Newton (Edmund Newton) Harvey papers, 1923-1959, 1923-1959 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Genetics Society of America Records, 1921-1984 American Philosophical Society
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Birth 1906-01-17

Death 2005-01-16



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