Bernard O. Phinney, Ph.D.
|1946-1948||Genetics||California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA|
|1961-2009||Biology||University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA|
Born in Superior, Wisconsin, Bernie received his BA (1940) and PhD (1946) from the University of Minnesota, and was a post-doctoral fellow at Cal Tech (1946-1948). He came to UCLA in 1947, became a professor in 1961, retired in 1988, but continued doing research until shortly before his death. His seminal 1956 research with gibberellins opened up genetic studies on the biosynthesis of this plant growth hormone. He received numerous awards, including election the National Academy of Sciences (1985) and an honorary degree from the University of Bristol, UK. He loved skiing, fishing, music, and his red convertible. He is survived by his wife, Jean; four children, Scott Phinney, Katcha Burnett, Peter Phinney, and David Phinney; and eight grandchildren. Donations can be made to the Bernard and Jean Phinney Graduate Fellowship, University of Minnesota Foundation, Minneapolis, MN 55455
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|Kobayashi M, MacMillan J, Phinney B, et al. (2000) Gibberellin biosynthesis: Metabolic evidence for three steps in the early 13-hydroxylation pathway of rice Phytochemistry. 55: 317-321|
|Davis G, Kobayashi M, Phinney BO, et al. (1999) Gibberellin Biosynthesis in Maize. Metabolic Studies with GA(15), GA(24), GA(25), GA(7), and 2,3-Dehydro-GA(9). Plant Physiology. 121: 1037-1045|
|Davis G, Kobayashi M, Phinney BO, et al. (1998) The metabolism of GA9 in maize (Zea mays) Phytochemistry. 47: 635-639|
|Kobayashi M, Spray CR, Phinney BO, et al. (1996) Gibberellin Metabolism in Maize (The Stepwise Conversion of Gibberellin A12-Aldehyde to Gibberellin A20. Plant Physiology. 110: 413-418|
|Spray CR, Kobayashi M, Suzuki Y, et al. (1996) The dwarf-1 (dt) Mutant of Zea mays blocks three steps in the gibberellin-biosynthetic pathway. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 93: 10515-8|
|Talo A, Spray CR, Somers DA, et al. (1995) Endogenous gibberellins from callus cultures of maize Phytochemistry. 40: 11-15|
|Kobayashi M, Gaskin P, Spray CR, et al. (1994) The Metabolism of Gibberellin A20 to Gibberellin A1 by Tall and Dwarf Mutants of Oryza sativa and Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Physiology. 106: 1367-1372|
|Kobayashi M, Gaskin P, Spray CR, et al. (1993) Metabolism and Biological Activity of Gibberellin A4 in Vegetative Shoots of Zea mays, Oryza sativa, and Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Physiology. 102: 379-386|
|Suzuki Y, Yamane H, Spray CR, et al. (1992) Metabolism of ent-Kaurene to Gibberellin A(12)-Aldehyde in Young Shoots of Normal Maize. Plant Physiology. 98: 602-10|
|Schneider G, Jensen E, Spray CR, et al. (1992) Hydrolysis and reconjugation of gibberellin A20 glucosyl ester by seedlings of Zea mays L. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 89: 8045-8|