Frank J. Sonleitner, PhD

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Title: Science Educator

Norman, Oklahoma, United States

Frank J. Sonleitner, PhD, Science Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Zoology.

Since 2002, Dr. Sonleitner has held the title of professor of zoology emeritus with the University of Oklahoma, title granted after 37 years with the institution. He was always interested in animals, which informed his topic of study at the University of Chicago. Dr. Sonleitner has contributed many articles to scientific literature, and held a seat with the board of directors of the National Center for Science Education from 1993 to 2012. He was selected as a recipient of a research grant from the Office of the Surgeon General in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1965.

Born in Chicago to Frank Joseph Sr. and Lucille Sonleitner, Dr. Sonleitner received a PhD from the University of Chicago in 1959. Before earning a doctorate, he served with the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1955. He traveled as a postdoctoral fellow of the National Science Foundation to Sydney, Australia from 1959 to 1961, and started teaching zoology with the University of California, Berkeley. He briefly joined the University of Kansas, Lawrence as an assistant professor of entomology, and in 1962 he found his place with the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Sonleitner is a Marquis Who’s Who Industry Expert, and a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award who has appeared in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in the World. He has supported numerous societies, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, the Ecological Society of America, the Entomological Society of America, the Oklahoma Academy of Science, and the National Center for Science Education. Dr. Sonleitner is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, and the proud father of Bonnie, Catherine, and Carol.

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