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. 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. He served as president of the American Society of Plant Physiologists. University of California called Beevers "one of the leading plant physiologists of the 20th century". Beevers was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Beevers received honorary doctorates from Purdue University, the University of Nagoya in Japan, and Newcastle University on Tyne in England. Oxford University honored Beevers by naming a building in his name, the Harry Beevers Laboratory. Beevers received Stephen Hales Prize in 1970 and Charles Reid Barnes Life Membership Award in 1999.
Career and life
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.