Richard Y. Morita, Ph.D.

Richard Morita

Title: Professor Emeritus of Microbiology and Oceanography

Company: Oregon State University
Location: Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Richard Y. Morita, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Microbiology and Oceanography at Oregon State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in microbiology, oceanography and higher education.

Dr. Morita is an accomplished and venerable educator whose career has spanned nearly four decades. Transforming the lives of students and colleagues alike, he served Oregon State University for the latter part of his career, having been a professor of microbiology and oceanography from 1962 to 1989, when he reached emeritus status. Prior to this illustrious role, he was an assistant and associate professor at the University of Nebraska from 1958 to 1962, an assistant professor at the University of Houston from 1955 to 1958, and a postdoctoral fellow at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography with the University of California from 1954 to 1955. In addition, Dr. Morita has embarked on a number of expeditions in the early part of his career, having been a microbiologist for the Trans-Pacific Expedition, the Danish Galathea Deep-Sea Expedition, and the Mid-Pacific Expedition in the early 1950s.

Alongside his primary endeavors, Dr. Morita was the progressive director of biochemistry at the National Science Foundation from 1968 to 1969, a distinguished visiting professor at Kyoto University in Japan, and a consultant for the National Institutes of Health from 1968 to 1970. Additionally, he has been a prolific and dedicated researcher in the field, having contributed myriad articles to scientific journals. He also holds multiple patients in his industry.

To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Morita pursued a formal education at the University of Nebraska, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in 1947. He subsequently attended the University of Southern California, receiving a Master of Science in 1949. He concluded his education at the University of California, where he obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in 1954. Prior to seeking out higher education, he also served with the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946.

Dr. Morita is a fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and a former member of the American Society of Microbiology, from which he received the Fisher Award in Applied and Environmental Microbiology in 1988. Alongside this prestigious honor, he has also received a number of grants from numerous acclaimed institutions, including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Office of Naval Research, the Department of the Interior, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Morita has further been the recipient of several accolades, including the King Fredericus IX Medal and Ribbon and the Senior Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship, among others.

Married to Toshiko Nishihara, Dr. Morita is the proud father of three children: Sally, Ellen and Peter. Notably, he has been highlighted in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in the West.

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