Howard Kapnek Schachman

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Howard Kapnek Schachman[1][2] (December 5, 1918 – August 5, 2016) was a graduate school professor in the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Early life[edit]

Schachman was born in Philadelphia in 1918.[3][4] In high school, he was interested in sociopolitical issues, inspired by his mother.[5] He initially pursued liberal arts in college while studying to become a rabbi, before switching to chemical engineering in a university.[6] He transferred from the University of Pennsylvania to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he graduated in 1939 with a chemical engineering degree.[5]

Graduate studies[edit]

He received a Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1948 and joined the faculty of UC Berkeley. He signed but protested the loyalty oath required by the Regents of the University of California during McCarthyism.[7] He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1966) and the United States National Academy of Sciences (1968).

Among many other honors, he received the AAAS Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award in 2000.

The "Howard K. Schachman Public Service Award" of the ASBMB is named after him.

Teaching career[edit]

Each spring, he taught the MCB 293C course on Ethical Conduct of Research required for NIH-funded students.[8] He died at the age of 97 on August 5, 2016.[9]

Personal life[edit]

While at Princeton he married Ethel Lazarus.[10]


  1. ^ "On August 5, 2016, Howard Kapnek Schachman died."
  2. ^ "Howard Kapnek Schachman, Professor"
  3. ^ The Centennial Record of the University of California By Verne A. Stadtman, University of California Print. Department, 1967
  4. ^ Kresge, Nicole; Simoni, Robert D.; Hill, Robert L. (May 25, 2007). "Innovations in ultracentrifugation and an analysis of aspartate transcarbamoylase: The work of Howard K. Schachman". Journal of Biological Chemistry. 282 (21): e16. doi:10.1016/S0021-9258(20)87470-5. ISSN 0021-9258. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Sanders, Robert (10 August 2016). "Biochemist Howard Schachman, an advocate for research ethics, dies at 97". Schachman was born in Philadelphia on Dec. 5, 1918, and in high school developed an interest in political and social issues, influenced by his mother, who was active nationally in Jewish affairs. After a year at the University of Pennsylvania, he transferred to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from which he graduated in 1939 with a degree in chemical engineering.
  6. ^ "Innovations in Ultracentrifugation and an Analysis of Aspartate Transcarbamoylase: the Work of Howard K. Schachman" (PDF). The Journal of Biological Chemistry. Vol. 2. p. 125. Howard Kapnek Schachman was born in Philadelphia in 1918. As a high school student he was more interested in social and political issues than in science and planned on becoming a rabbi. Thus, he decided to pursue a liberal arts curriculum in college. However, a family friend urged him to think about his future employment, and as a result Schachman enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania as a chemical engineering major.
  7. ^ Howard K. Schachman to UC President Robert Sproul, November 1, 1950, accessed 2006-09-11
  8. ^ MCB 293C course homepage
  9. ^ UC Berkeley biochemist dies at 97
  10. ^ "Biochemist Howard Schachman, an advocate for research ethics, dies at 97". 10 August 2016.

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