Company: University of California
Location: Bodega Bay, California, United States
James Clegg, Professor at the University of California, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in biology education.
Dr. Clegg became involved in his profession through a series of chance events. He originally grew up poor in a steel mill town in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Clegg focused on basketball, which eventually led to a scholarship at Coffeyville Junior College to play on the team. At this point, Dr. Clegg had no intention of becoming a scientist. It was a course he took in comparative anatomy that piqued his interest. While serving in the US Army, he read many books, one of which was by Japanese bacteriologist Hideyo Noguchi, which really inspired him.
After serving in the Korean War, Dr. Clegg continued with his academic pursuits and earned a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Pennsylvania State University in 1958, and later a PhD in biology from Johns Hopkins University in 1961. Upon earning a doctorate degree, he began teaching as a research associate biologist at Johns Hopkins before accepting a position as an assistant professor of zoology at the University of Miami. He remained at the institution until 1970, where he was then teaching as a professor of biology. In 1986, he joined the University of California, Davis as the Director of the Bodega Marine Laboratory and as a professor of molecular and cellular biology.
Dr. Clegg’s achievements include his research in comparative biochemistry and biophysics, mechanisms of cryptobiosis, cytoplasmic organization and properties and the role of water in cellular metabolism. In addition, being named the Woodrow Wilson Fellow was another career highlight because it was critical for him to get started in graduate school. He was also awarded two Fulbright Fellowships, one in London and the other in Belgium. In 1999, he received the Ghent University Award. In his career, Dr. Clegg has maintained professional affiliation with the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, the American Society for Cell Biology, the Biophysical Society, the Society for Cryobiology, the Cell Stress Society International and Sigma Xi. He is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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