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Harold J. Morowitz

George Mason University, Washington, DC 
thermodynamics of living systems
"Harold Morowitz"

Dr. Harold J. Morowitz is a biophysicist and Robinson Professor in Biology and Natural Philosophy at George Mason University. He was born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. on December 4, 1927. Dr. Morowitz earned his B.S. in Physics and Philosophy at in 1947, his M.S. in Physics in 1950 and his Ph.D. in 1951 at Yale University. From 1951 to 1953 he was a physicist at the National Bureau of Standards. He was on the staff of the National Heart Institute from 1953 to 1955, before joining the faculty of Yale Institute in 1955. At Yale University, Dr. Morowitz was as an Assistant Professor from 1955 to 1960, an Associate Professor of biophysics from 1960 to 1967 and a Professor of Molecular biophysics and biochemistry from 1967 to 1988. He was Master of Pierson College from 1981 to 1986. He joined the faculty of George mason University in 1988 as a Robinson Professor and was Director of the Krasnow Institute of Advanced Study from 1993 to 1998

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Ernest Charles Pollard grad student 1951 Yale
 (The ultraviolet action and mutation spectra of Bacillus subtilis)


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Donald M. Engelman grad student 1967 Yale
Mark E. Tourtellotte post-doc Yale (ID Tree)
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Morowitz HJ. (2014) The emergence of a new kind of biology Physical Biology. 11
Morowitz HJ, Srinivasan V, Smith E. (2013) From simplicity to complexity: The size of the genomes of human pathogens Complexity. 18: 5-6
Morowitz HJ. (2012) Ontology requires epistemological considerations. Comment on "Neuroontology, neurobiological naturalism, and consciousness: A challenge to scientific reduction and a solution" by Todd E. Feinberg Physics of Life Reviews. 9: 43-44
Srinivasan V, Morowitz HJ, Huber H. (2012) What is an autotroph? Archives of Microbiology. 194: 135-40
Morowitz HJ. (2011) Herman melville, marine biologist Biological Bulletin. 220: 83-85
Morowitz HJ. (2011) When PPLO became mycoplasma American Scientist. 99: 102-105
Morowitz HJ, Srinivasan V, Smith E. (2010) Ligand field theory and the origin of life as an emergent feature of the periodic table of elements Biological Bulletin. 219: 1-6
Smith E, Morowitz HJ. (2010) Confederacy based on synthetic-pathway and bio-energetic modularity Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres. 40: 467-475
Srinivasan V, Morowitz HJ. (2009) Analysis of the intermediary metabolism of a reductive chemoautotroph Biological Bulletin. 217: 222-232
Srinivasan V, Morowitz HJ. (2009) The canonical network of autotrophic intermediary metabolism: Minimal metabolome of a reductive chemoautotroph Biological Bulletin. 216: 126-130
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