Randy Wayne (biologist)

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Randy Wayne
Dr. Randy O. Wayne Cornell plant biologist.jpg
Born (1955-05-08) May 8, 1955 (age 62)
Boston, MA United States
Residence Ithaca, NY, United States
Nationality American
Fields Biophysical Plant Cell
Institutions Cornell[1][2]
Alma mater U. Mass. BA 1977
UCLA Masters 1979[3]
U. Mass. PhD 1985[3]
Doctoral advisor Peter K. Hepler
Randy Wayne at Cornell

Randy O. Wayne is a plant cell biologist at Cornell University[4] notable for his work on plant development.[5] In particular, along with his colleague Peter K. Hepler, Wayne established the powerful role of calcium in regulating plant growth;[6][7] accordingly, their 1985 article Calcium and plant development was cited by at least 405 subsequent articles to earn the "Citation Classic" award from Current Contents magazine[8] and has been cited by hundreds more since 1993. He is an authority on how plant cells sense gravity through pressure,[5][9][10] on the water permeability of plant membranes,[11] light microscopy,[12] as well as the effects of calcium on plant development.[8][13] He wrote two textbooks including Plant Cell Biology: From Astronomy to Zoology[14][15] and Light and Video Microscopy.[16]

In 2010, Wayne proposed a theory of light[17] that is inconsistent with relativity.[18][19][20][21][22]


  • Plant Cell Biology: From Astronomy to Zoology, 2009, Elsevier/Academic Press. (ISBN 9780123742339)
  • Light and Video Microscopy, 2009, Elsevier/Academic Press. (ISBN 9780080921280)
  • Light and Video Microscopy, Second Edition, 2014, Elsevier/Academic Press. (ISBN 9780124114845)


  • Mann Library Book Talk Plant Cell Biology: From Astronomy to Zoology[23]
  • Mann Library Book Talk Light and Video Microscopy [24]


  1. ^ Sean T. Hammond and Karl J. Niklas (10 January 2012). "Computer simulations support a core prediction of a contentious plant model". American Journal of Botany. Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  2. ^ Randy O. Wayne, in Ithaca Journal on August 4, 2011, Cornell decision to ax courses steps on academic freedom — Ithaca Journal, Retrieved Aug. 26, 2014, "...we question Cornell’s commitment to the concept of academic freedom.."
  3. ^ a b "Randy O Wayne (faculty biography)". Cornell University Department of Plant Biology. 2012-06-28. Retrieved 2012-06-28. Bachelor's Degree Univ Massachusetts 1977 Master's Degree U Cal Los Angeles 1979 Doctorate Univ Massachusetts 1985 
  4. ^ "Where is the Freedom to Question?". American Institute for Technology and Science Education. 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  5. ^ a b "SCIENCE WATCH; Telling Up From Down". The New York Times. 1992. Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  6. ^ V. Raghavan (1989). "Developmental Biology of Fern Gametophytes". Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-33022-0. Retrieved 2012-06-28. Direct demonstration of an increased Ca2+ influx in the spore following exposure to a saturating dose of red light has been possible by atomic absorption spectroscopy (Wayne and Hepler, 1985a). 
  7. ^ "A Basic Distinction (in the Breakthroughs Section)". Discover Magazine. November 1992. Volume 13, Number 11 
  8. ^ a b "This Week's Citation Classic" (PDF). Current Contents. July 26, 1993. Retrieved 2012-06-28. The SCI® indicates that this paper has been cited in more than 405 publications -- Hepler P K & Wayne R O. Calcium and plant development. Annu. Rev. Plant Physiol. 36:397-439. 1985. -- Department of Botany, University of Massachusetts. Amherst. MA 
  9. ^ Boyce Rensberger (July 13, 1992). "Getting to the Root Of Plant Growth; How Seeds Sprout in the Proper Direction". Washington Post. 
  10. ^ Elison B. Blancaflor and Patrick H. Masson (December 2003). "Update on Tropisms: Plant Gravitropism. Unraveling the Ups and Downs of a Complex Process" (PDF). Plant Physiology. pp. 1677–1690. Retrieved 2012-06-28. Vol. 133 Citing this article: Staves MP, Wayne R, Leopold AC (1997) The effect of external medium on the gravitropic curvature of rice (Oryza sativa, Poaceae) roots. Am J Bot 84:1522–1529 
  11. ^ Christophe Maurel (June 1997). "AQUAPORINS AND WATER PERMEABILITY OF PLANT MEMBRANES". Annual Review of Plant Physiology and Plant Molecular Biology. Retrieved 2012-06-28. Vol. 48: 399-429; DOI: 10.1146/annurev.arplant.48.1.399 
  12. ^ Randy Wayne (August 2008). "Light and Video Microscopy". Academic Press. ISBN 978-0-12-374234-6. Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  13. ^ Roux, S. J., Wayne, R. O. and Datta, N. (1986), Role of calcium ions in phytochrome responses: an update. Physiologia Plantarum, 66: 344–348. doi: 10.1111/j.1399-3054.1986.tb02430.x
  14. ^ Plant cell biology. From astronomy to zoology, R Wayne, 2009, Elsevier/Academic Press. , Reviewer: Nigel Chaffey, 2010, Plant cell biology. From astronomy to zoology (textbook review), Retrieved Aug. 26, 2014, "...Plant cell biology is an idiosyncratic text and permeated throughout with Wayne's own humour and take on the subject..."
  15. ^ Nigel Chaffey (reviewer of Wayne's book) (August 4, 2010). "Plant cell biology. From astronomy to zoology". Annals of Botany. Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  16. ^ Carol Bayles (April 2010). "Let There be Light (review of Randy Wayne's book Light and Video Microscopy)". BioScience. Retrieved 2012-06-28. Volume 60 No. 4 BioScience ...excellent undergraduate level text on optical microscopy for biologists... also valuable to anyone using a light microscope ... An ability to elucidate difficult concepts is not the only thing that makes Wayne an excellent teacher. He is also a historian of science and has thoroughly researched the topic in order to bring historical information to the reader. 
  17. ^ Randy Wayne, "Nature of Light from the Perspective of a Biologist. What Is a Photon?", In: Mohammad Pessarakli (ed.), Handbook of Photosynthesis, CRC Press, 2016, ISBN 1482230755, pp. 17-43
  18. ^ Dan Veaner (October 15, 2010). "Cornell Scientist Challenges Einstein". Lansing Star. Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  19. ^ "Electrons can't exceed the speed of light -- thanks to light itself, says biologist". Chronicle Online. Nov 18, 2010. Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  20. ^ Cornell University (November 19, 2010). "New look at relativity: Electrons can't exceed the speed of light -- thanks to light itself, says biologist". Phys.org. Retrieved 2012-06-28. When resolving why electrons can never beat the speed limit set by light, it might be best to forget about time. Thanks to insight from studying movement inside a biological cell, it seems that light itself -- not the relativity of time -- may be the traffic cop, according to a Cornell University biologist. 
  21. ^ Randy Wayne, 18 Mar 2011, arXiv:1103.3697 (physics.gen-ph), Charged Particles are Prevented from Going Faster than the Speed of Light by Light Itself: A Biophysical Cell Biologist's Contribution to Physics, Retrieved Aug. 26, 2014, "...Consequently, light itself prevents charged particles from moving faster than the speed of light..."
  22. ^ Randy Wayne (Nov 20, 2015). "As Time Goes By and Albert Einstein. Do the Fundamental Things Still Apply?". The Lansing Star. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  23. ^ Wayne, Randy. "Plant Cell Biology: From Astronomy to Zoology". YouTube. Albert R. Mann Library, Cornell University. Retrieved July 26, 2016. 
  24. ^ Wayne, Randy. "Light and Video Microscopy". YouTube. Albert R. Mann Library, Cornell University. Retrieved July 26, 2016. 

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