Neil Campbell (scientist)

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Neil Allison Campbell
Born (1946-04-17)April 17, 1946
Culver City, California
Died October 21, 2004(2004-10-21) (aged 58)
Redlands, California
Residence United States
Nationality American
Alma mater California State University, Long Beach
University of California, Los Angeles (M.S)
University of California, Riverside (Ph.D.)
Known for Biology
Studying desert and coastal plants
Scientific career
Fields Biology
Institutions Cornell University
Pomona College
University of California, Riverside
San Bernardino Valley College

Neil Allison Campbell (April 17, 1946 – October 21, 2004) was an American scientist known best for his textbook Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life. First published in 1987, the text is currently in its 11th edition (ISBN 978-0134093413, published 19 October 2016[1] by Lisa A. Urry, et al.) The title is popular worldwide and is used by over 500,000 students in both high school and college-level classes.[2]

Campbell earned his M.S. in zoology from the University of California, Los Angeles and his Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of California, Riverside. He taught collegiate classes for over 30 years at Cornell University, Pomona College, University of California, Riverside, and San Bernardino Valley College.[3]

Campbell received multiple awards: the Distinguished Alumnus Award from University of California, Riverside in 2001 and the first ever Outstanding Professor Award from San Bernardino Valley College in 1986.[2]

Campbell was also a researcher who studied desert and coastal plants. He conducted research on how certain plants would adjust in environments with different salinity, temperature, and pH. In addition, he conducted studies on the Mimosa plant and other legumes.[4]

Campbell died on 21 October 2004 of heart failure just after the manuscript for the seventh international edition of Biology was completed.[5] The Neil Allison Campbell Endowed Research Award was created at UC Riverside to honor his memory.[6]


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