Wolf V. Vishniac
|Wolf V. Vishniac|
April 22, 1922|
|Died||December 10, 1973
Asgard Range, Wright Valley, Antarctica
|Institutions||University of Rochester|
Wolf Vladimir Vishniac (April 22, 1922 – December 10, 1973) was an American microbiologist, son of Roman Vishniac. Educated at Brooklyn College and Stanford University, he was a professor of biology at the University of Rochester. He died on a research trip to the Antarctic attempting to retrieve equipment in a crevice. The crater Vishniac on Mars is named in his honor.
Wolf Vishniac contributed greatly to the search for life on Mars by developing a special miniature laboratory that could be transported to that planet, known as the "Wolf Trap". This research was supported by a NASA grant started in 1959, the very first ever for the "biological sciences."
Wolf Vishniac Memorial Award
A Wolf Vishniac Memorial Award for Young Researchers is awarded at the biennially held International Symposium On Environmental Biogeochemistry (ISEB). The award is presented to researchers no older than 35 years who must be a first author and give a presentation at the symposium. A notable recipient is Sergey Zimov, who received the award at the ISEB-10 in 1991. Other recipients include M. Francesca Cotrufo at the ISEB-12 (1995), Alexis S. Templeton at the ISEB-14 (1999), Kamlesh Jangid at the ISEB-14 (1999), Salwa Hamdi at the ISEB-19 (2009), and Jillian M. Petersen at the ISEB-20 (2011).
British psychedelic rock band Wolftraps on Mars are named after Wolf Vishniac's "wolf traps".
- Short bio entry, “Vishniac, Wolf Vladimir (1922–1973)”
- NASA History of Instrumentation for Mars missions
- A Photographer of a Vanished World and his Family (archived version)
- Every Vishniac
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: “International Symposia On Environmental Biogeochemistry (ISEB).” Without date (2000/2001 ?). Retrieved 3 November 2016.
- Uniwersytet Przyrodniczy we Wrocławiu: “The Wolf Vishniac Memorial Award.” 2001. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
- William S. Reeburgh: “Meeting report.” Report on the Tenth International Symposium on Environmental Biogeochemistry (ISEB-10). In: Geomicrobiology Journal 28 January 1992, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 73–74. (Full text at eScholarship, UC.) Retrieved 3 November 2016.
- M. Francesca Cotrufo: “Curriculum Vitae.” Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences, 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
- Alexis S. Templeton: “Templeton Curriculum Vitae 2012.” University of Colorado Boulder, CU Experts, 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
- Microbial Culture Collection (MCC): “Dr. Kamlesh Jangid, Ph.D.” Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India, without date. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
- Oliver Dilly, Eva Maria Pfeiffer: “Editorial. Sustainable biogeochemical cycling in soil.” In Soil Biology and Biochemistry 43(9), September 2011. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
- Jillian M. Petersen: “Curriculum vitae Dr. Jillian M. Petersen.” Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2016.