Who's Who Top Educators

Kenneth Allen Taylor, PhD

Title: Professor
Company: Florida State University
Location: Tallahassee, Florida, United States

Kenneth Allen Taylor, professor at Florida State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in scientific research and grant writing.

With 54 years of experience to his credit, Dr. Taylor has excelled as a professor at Florida State University since 1995. In his role, his primary responsibilities include focusing on scientific research and grant writing while teaching three out of four semesters. He began his career as a faculty member at Duke University Medical Center for 15 years.

Before embarking on his professional path, Dr. Taylor pursued an education at North Carolina State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and textile chemistry in 1969. He continued his academic efforts with a Master of Science in physical chemistry and biochemistry before concluding his studies with a PhD. In addition to his primary vocation, he remains affiliated with various organizations in relation to his areas of expertise. He served as associate editor at the Journal of Structural Biology and was a member of the Biophysical Society, the American Chemical Society, and the Microscopy Society of America.

In light of his impressive undertakings, Dr. Taylor has accrued several accolades throughout his career. He received the Distinguished Scientist in Biology Award in 2022 and was recognized as a Distinguished Research Professor in 2002. He was selected as a Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America in 2016. He credits his achievements to his fearless pursuit of uncharted territories. He was inspired by Richard Dickerson, the scientist who solved the structure of a protein that is an essential component in mitochondria.

Dr. Taylor is immensely proud of the progress his PhD research has made. He acknowledges people’s hard work and efforts in developing the technique, but he is thrilled to have shown them what was possible. He traveled to England to learn how to create 3D images from 2D pictures. Later, he focused on creating 3D images of muscle tissue, and with the help of his wife, he was able to solve a problem that had been lingering since the 1960s.

Dr. Taylor was motivated to pursue a career in the field of atomic structure after being inspired by Richard Dickerson’s groundbreaking work in the field. Currently, he is working on three different atomic structures, all with the aim of achieving at least the same level of resolution as Dickerson’s work. He has been engaged in this work since 1970 and is committed to completing all three projects.

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