Harry Beevers

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Harry Beevers (January 10, 1924 – April 14, 2004) was an American plant physiologist. Beevers made major contributions to the understanding of plant metabolism and plant cell biology.[1] Beevers widely noted for the discovery of the glyoxylate cycle in seedlings of plants that results in the production of glucose during early seedling growth.[2] He served as president of the American Society of Plant Physiologists.[1] University of California called Beevers "one of the leading plant physiologists of the 20th century".[1] Beevers was a member of the National Academy of Sciences[1][3] and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[1] Beevers received honorary doctorates from Purdue University, the University of Nagoya in Japan, and Newcastle University on Tyne in England.[1] Oxford University honored Beevers by naming a building in his name, the Harry Beevers Laboratory.[1] Beevers received Stephen Hales Prize in 1970 and Charles Reid Barnes Life Membership Award in 1999.[1]

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Beevers was born in Shildon, England in 1924. He graduated from Durham University in England with a B.S. in botany and Ph.D. in plant physiology. He did his postdoctorate at Oxford University, and then accepted a faculty position at Purdue University in 1950. He joined the University of California in 1969 as a professor of biology at University of California, Santa Cruz.


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