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John W. Newport ’75

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John W. Newport ’75, December 26, 2005, in Del Mar, California. John earned s BA from Reed in biology. In 1980, he earned a PhD from the University of Oregon in chemistry, and accepted a postdoctoral position at University of California, San Francisco, in biochemistry and biophysics, investigating the basic processes of the cell. He was a faculty member at San Diego for 22 years, joining the biology department in 1983. He was an internationally recognized cell biologist, noted, among other things, for his discoveries about how proteins in the cell regulate the timing of early developmental events. His research earned him a 10-year merit grant in 2000 from the National Institutes of Health. In the last years of his life, John worked on the genetic basis of sleep and sleep disorders. He was described as an innovative, creative, yet modest, scientist, who also contributed to raising the quality of academic life at UCSD. He was active in the Del Mar community, a volunteer for his childrenis schools, and for a recreational soccer team. Survivors include his son and daughter, and a sister.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2006

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