George N. Somero, Ph.D.

Title: David and Lucile Packard Professor Emeritus of Marine Science
Company: Stanford University
Location: Carmel, California, United States

George N. Somero, Ph.D., David and Lucile Packard Professor Emeritus of Marine Science at Stanford University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in marine biology and higher education.

Growing up in a quaint town in northeastern Minnesota, Dr. Somero spent much of his time outdoors, having been an avid fisherman in his youth. Carrying that interest in marine life to his professional career, he earned a Bachelor of Science from Carleton College in 1962 and a Doctor of Philosophy from Stanford University in 1967. Serving in a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia in Canada for three years between 1967 and 1970, he commenced his career in academia as an assistant professor at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, in 1970, holding the role for six years. Thereafter, he served as an associate professor and full professor at the institution between 1976 and 1991.

After a brief stint as professor of zoology at Oregon State University for four years, Dr. Somero began teaching at Stanford University as a David and Lucile Packard Professor of Marine Science in the Hopkins Marine Station in 1995. He ultimately attained emeritus status in 2014. Valuing his experiences spent throughout his collegiate years and during his tenure, he recalls spending a winter in Antarctica as a career highlight, as it was the first intensive period of research he experienced. However, his work in how small molecules of sugar cells and amino acids show evolution in terms of stabilization is his crowning achievement; he co-authored a prominent article on the subject in the 1980s, which has since been cited over 4,000 times. In addition, he was the co-author of the book “Biochemical Adaptation,” which has since undergone revised editions in 1984, 2002 and 2018.

Dr. Somero is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and member of the National Academy of Sciences. In light of his professional successes, he had an endowed chair named in his honor at the University of California, San Diego, in 1984. Impressively, he was the recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 and has been listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in the West.

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