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Evelyn Maisel Witkin Ph.D.

National Medal of Science - Biological Science 2002

Zoologist - Molecular Geneticist. E. coli. DNA mutagenesis and DNA repair. Interests: Science education in public schools; Connections between contemporary Victorians poet Robert Browning and Charles Darwin.

Essentially same grant from 1956 until retirement in 1991.


Evelyn M. Witkin

Citizenship Citizen of the United States
Family Status Married in 1943 to Herman A. Witkin (d.1979);
two children: Joseph, b. 1949; Andrew, b.1952


1937-1941 Washington Square College, New York
University, New York, NY;
A.B. (magna cum laude), 1941
Major: Biology Minors: Chemistry, French

1941-1947 Columbia University, New York, NY
M.A., 1943, in Zoology (Genetics)
Ph.D. 1947, in Zoology (Genetics)

Positions Held

1971-present Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Barbara McClintock Professor Emerita (1991-present)
Barbara McClintock Professor of Genetics
Waksman Institute (1983-1991)
Douglass College
Department of Biological Sciences (1979-1982)
Professor of Biological Sciences,
Douglass College
Department of Biological Sciences (1971-1978)

1955-1971 State University of New York, Brooklyn, New York
Downstate Medical Center, Department of Medicine
Professor (1969-1971)
Associate Professor (1957-1969)
Assistant Professor (1955-1957)

1945-1955 Carnegie Institution of Washington, Department of Genetics,
Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Staff Member (1949-1955),
Postdoctoral Fellow (1947-1949),
Research Assistant (1945-1947).

1944-1945 Columbia University, New York, Department of Zoology
University Fellow and Assistant in Genetics


1956 Carnegie Institution of Washington Fellowship
1960 Selman A. Waksman Award, Theobald Smith Society
1975 Rutgers University Research Council Fellowship
1977 Election to National Academy of Sciences
Prix Charles Leopold Mayer, Academie des Sciences de l'Institut de France
1978 Election to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
D.Sc. Honoris Causa from New York Medical College
1979 Lindback Award for Outstanding Research, Rutgers University
1980 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Lecturer, 1980-81
Election to Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
1982 American Women of Science Award for Outstanding Research
1983 Chancellor's Distinguished Lecturer, University of California at Berkeley
New Jersey Women of Achievement Award
1986 "Citation Classic" status conferred upon 1976 review article (Witkin, E.M., Bacteriol. Rev.40:869-907.)
1989 Miller Visiting Professorship, University of California at Berkeley
1990 Environmental Mutagen Society Annual Award
1992 Election to Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology
1995 D. Sc. Honoris Causa from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
1995-2005 Member Advisory Board, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University
2000 Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal, The American Genetics Society
2003 The 2002 National Medal of Science
2004 Distinguished Research Award, NJ Association for Biomedical Research
2006 D. Sc. Honoris Causa from Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts


1950-1965 Editor-in-Chief, Microbial Genetics Bulletin
1964-1977 Member, Editorial Board, Mutation Research
1968-1977 Member, Editorial Board, Molecular & General Genetics

Research Support

Principal Investigator of research grants from National Science
Foundation (1955-57) and from National Institutes of Health (1956-1989), total awarded (direct costs) over $3,000,000.)

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Name: Evelyn Maisel Witkin
Birth: 9 March 1921 New York City
Title: Barbara McClintock Professor Emerita
Affiliation: Rutgers University
Citation: "For her insightful and pioneering investigations on the genetics of DNA mutagenesis and DNA repair that have increased our understanding of processes as varied as evolution and the development of cancer." Presented by President George W. Bush in a White House East Room ceremony on November 6, 2003
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