Obituary Arch Virol 146/3 (2001) Virology Division News In Memoriam Joseph Louis Melnick (1914–2001) oseph L. Melnick, one of the four founders of the Virology Division of the International Union of Microbiological Societies, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2001, at the age of 86. His lifelong contri- bution to the discipline of virology was enormous, and when he died he was a Distinguished Service Professor of Molecular Virology and Microbiology and Dean Emeritus of the Graduate School of Bio- medical Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA. Born in Boston, Joe was edu- cated at Wesleyan University and at Yale, where he began to study physiological chemistry, and received his PhD degree in 1939 for work on carboxylase enzymes in brewer’s yeast. He published his first scientific paper in 1941, and went on to write more than 1000 virology papers that were quoted so often that in 1978 he was listed by the Institute for Scientific th Information as the 37 most cited scientist in the world scientific literature, with 7,466 citations, 1961 to 1978. Joe also authored a popular undergraduate microbiology text called Review of Medical Virology, which ran to 18 editions (1953-1989), reached a million Archives of Virology Springer Journals


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