Donald Arthur Windsor's greatest lifetime accomplishment is shifting the paradigm about parasites.
NORWICH, NY, August 16, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Donald Arthur Windsor with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Mr. Windsor celebrates 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.
A dedicated research scholar, Mr. Windsor celebrates a professional journey focused on biology. After completing his active service in the Army in 1955, he used the GI Bill to attain a higher education, majoring in zoology and earning both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science by 1960. He continued in graduate school, assisted by a predoctoral fellowship from the National Institutes of Health. In 1966 he had to leave school for financial reasons and pursued a career as an information scientist in research and development with the Norwich Pharmacal Company, Norwich Eaton Pharmaceuticals, and Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals, from which he retired in 1998. While working, he took evening classes at Binghamton University and in 1982 obtained a Master of Science in Advanced Technology, majoring in systems science.
His greatest lifetime accomplishment is shifting the paradigm about parasites. He was the first to realize that most of the biological species on Earth are parasites and so they must be conserved, not annihilated. During the period 1990 through 1998, he published eight articles which changed the attitude that scientists have about parasites, from being regarded as nasty pests to being recognized as important components of ecosystems. His catchy slogan, "Equal rights for parasites!" helped launch this movement. The full story can be found in his blog, Parasites Dominate.
Mr. Windsor is a prolific writer with over a thousand publications on a diverse array of subjects, including eight books. His extraordinary productivity is due to his insatiable curiosity coupled with his short attention span.
Locally in central New York State, he has been involved in ornithology, ecology, history, and archaeology, both in the actual sciences and in the organizations representing them.
Mr. Windsor was the editor of his bird club newsletter from 1984 to 1996, when he became the editor of the New York State birding journal. He was a field observer for two statewide breeding bird atlases, one during 1980-85 and the second during 2000-05. He was the indexer of the second atlas published in 2008. He served as the recording secretary of the Federation of New York State Bird Clubs during 1989-91 and as editor of its journal during 1996-98. His 2001 book on birding Chenango County remains a basic treatise.
Mr. Windsor was a trustee and an officer of the Central New York Chapter of The Nature Conservancy from 1989 through 1996, serving two terms as secretary. He was heavily involved in the merger with the Western Chapter. He also served as a land steward for three nature preserves. The Binghamton newspaper called him "Nature's Watchdog".
Mr. Windsor's ecological field activities resulted in the discovery of many historical remains. He became involved with local history and served as the Deputy Historian for Chenango County from 2001 through 2010. He served on the Norwich mayor's historic preservation committee. He published his findings in an almost weekly column in the Norwich newspaper and later as a four volume set of books. He initiated a newsletter and a scholarly journal for the historical society and serves as the editor of the journal. By writing about historical structures, he is more able to protect them from destruction.
Involvement with history led to pre-history, archaeology. His 2000 essay on stone cairns became a benchmark article. He started a newsletter on archaeology and turned it into the blog, Chenango Archaeologists. He served as president of the Chenango Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association during 2008-2011 and then as secretary during 2012-2017.
He remains active as a research scholar with many manuscripts in the process of completion.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Mr. Windsor 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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