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Charles W. Hagen, Jr, PhD, Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Hagen has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the fields of biological sciences and higher education

Most notably, he had been among the 70 scientists to sign the Szilard Petition, a document written by physicist Leo Szilard petitioning President Truman to avoid dropping the atomic bombs on Japan.

    NASHVILLE, IN, April 15, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Charles W. Hagen, Jr, PhD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Hagen celebrated many years' 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.

From 1939 to 1983, Dr. Hagen had devoted his entire academic career at Indiana University, earning the designation of a professor emeritus of botany upon his retirement. Initially accepting the post of an assistant in botany, he had found success at Indiana University as an instructor, an assistant professor, an associate professor, a professor, the chairman of the botany department, the associate dean of the colleges of arts and sciences and the associate dean of academy affairs and facilities planning. Also having held the post of the dean for resource development and as the director of long-range planning, Dr. Hagen researched the basic chemistry of plant development and was an expert in the pigment of flowers during his tenure at IU.

A research assistant at the University of Chicago's metallurgical laboratory between 1943 and 1946 during the Manhattan Project, Dr. Hagen had excelled with the Office of Scientific Research and Development of Columbia University in Fort Benning, Ga. during 1943. Furthermore, he had served as a research assistant at the Met Lab in the health division under his former professor until 1946, during which time he had studied the effects of radiation on laboratory animals. Moreover, he had contributed to multiple articles published in various peer reviewed journals over the years as the result of his work in the field. Well-known for his true appreciation of nature, all three of Dr. Hagen's sons have followed in their father's influence and belief in preserving and protecting the environment.

An elected fellow of the Indiana Academy Sciences, Dr. Hagen had been an active member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi and Theta Xi. He had been appointed to various boards, including the land use committee for the Environmental Quality and Conservation Commission in Bloomington and those of the Educational Projects, Inc., the Indiana University Retirement Community, Inc., the Hilltop Education Foundation and the Mathers Museum. Always interested in science and nature as a young man visiting a small family farm, Dr. Hagen notably received a Bachelor's degree from Cornell University in 1939 and a Doctor of Philosophy in botany from Indiana University in 1944.

The recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship between 1957 and 1958 and a Fulbright research scholarship between 1957 and 1958, Dr. Hagen had been selected for inclusion in the 44th through 50th editions of Who's Who in America. Most notably, he had been among the 70 scientists to sign the Szilard Petition, a document written by physicist Leo Szilard petitioning President Truman to avoid dropping the atomic bombs on Japan. On November 5, 1996, Dr. Hagen passed away at the age of 78, and he was survived by his wife of nearly 55 years, Mary M. Swan, as well as three sons, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Charles W. Hagen, Jr, PhD, has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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