Robert Thach, PhD, Honored by Marquis Who’s Who for Professional Excellence in Biology


    SAINT LOUIS, MO, January 12, 2018 — Robert Thach, PhD, has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

A student of Princeton University, Dr. Thach earned a BA in 1961, and continued his studies at Harvard University, where he received a PhD in 1964. Following his graduation, Dr. Thach was employed as an assistant professor of molecular biology at Harvard University in 1966. In 1969, he was promoted to the position of associate professor of biochemistry. Subsequently, Dr. Thach transferred to Washington University in 1970, where he worked for three years as an associate professor of biological chemistry. He became an associate professor of biological chemistry in 1973, and a professor and chairman of biology in 1977. From 1993 to 2008, Dr. Thach served as dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Since 2012, Dr. Thach has been a professor emeritus of Washington University.

Throughout his career, Dr. Thach has contributed to the field of biology through his research, publications, and role as an educator. His achievements include the discovery of initiation codon “AUG” for mRNA translation, as well as the discovery of a translational repressor for ferritin synthesis. Dr. Thach developed methods for RNA synthesis and identified the eastern gray squirrel as a reservoir for Ehrlichia Chaffeensis. As an author, Dr. Thach published “Science, Nature, Cell” and “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States,” among numerous other articles to professional journals. He was on the editorial board for “Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics” from 1972 to 1978, and “Journal of Biological Chemistry” from 1984 to 1989. In 1990, Dr. Thach became an editor for “Enzyme.”

As an esteemed biologist and educator, Dr. Thach is a member of various organizations, including the American Society of Biological Chemists, the American Society for Virology, and National Center for Science Education, Inc. Dr. Thach is presently a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Several institutions have acknowledge his work throughout his career. Dr. Thach received a fellowship from Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation in 1961, the National Science Foundation in 1962, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1969. From 1970 to 2012, Dr. Thach was a grantee of the National Institutes of Health Time For Lyme, Inc. In addition, he was a recipient of the Washington University Arts & Sciences Dean's Medal from the American Society for Virology in 2008. The son of William Thomas Thach and Mary Elizabeth (Edwards) Thach, Dr. Thach is the father of two children, Catherine Anne and Robert Edwards Jr.

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