With 50 years of professional experience, Dr. Richard Alan Finkelstein has been recognized as professor emeritus of the University of Missouri since 2000
COLUMBIA, MO, December 19, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Richard Alan Finkelstein, Ph.D., with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Finkelstein celebrates many years of experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
With 50 years of professional experience, Dr. Finkelstein has been recognized as professor emeritus of the University of Missouri since 2000, having been a Millsap distinguished professor from 1985 to 2000 and Curators' professor from 1990 to 2000. In addition to his primary positions, he was a professor and chair of the microbiology department from 1979 to 1993. From 1973 to 1979, he was a professor with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, where he was previously an associate professor from 1967 to 1973.
From 1964 to 1967, Dr. Finkelstein was chief of the bacteriology and mycology department at the United States Medical Compound at the Southeast Asia Treaty Organizations Medical Research Laboratory, having been chief of the bioassay section at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research from 1958 to 1964. Earlier in his career, he was a fellow and instructor with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School from 1955 to 1958, and a teaching fellow and research scientist at the University of Texas at Austin from 1950 to 1955. Dr. Finkelstein holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Oklahoma, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin.
A respected voice in his industry, Dr. Finkelstein has been affiliated with a number of organizations in his community. A fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, he is a member of the American Association of Immunologists, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Microbiology Society, the Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland, and Sigma Xi. He has also held a number of leadership positions with the American Society for Microbiology. He has contributed 240 articles on cholera, enterotoxins, gonorrhea and the role of iron in host-parasite interactions to professional journals, and he is renowned for his research in the first purification of cholera enterotoxin and heat-labile enterotoxin from Escherichia. He holds one patent in the field.
Throughout his career, Dr. Finkelstein has been recognized for his contributions, including having been nominated for the Nobel Prize in 1976. Additional nominees included Michael Field, MD, University of Chicago, who demonstrated that Dr. Finkelstein's purified toxin activated host cell adenylate cyclase leading to the cholera diarrhea, and Navy Captain Robert Phillips, who demonstrated how to treat cholera thereby saving countless thousands of lives. Dr. Field passed away in 2014. Captain Phillips died in 1976 before the prize could be awarded. Dr. Finkelstein was the recipient of the Robert Koch Prize from Bonn, Germany. He also received the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Faculty Research in the Biological Sciences and the Sigma Xi Research Award from the University of Missouri. He has been featured in numerous honors publications, including multiple editions of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in the Midwest and Who's Who in America: Student Edition.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Finkelstein has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.
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