Neil Campbell (scientist)

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Neil Allison Campbell
Born(1946-04-17)April 17, 1946
DiedOctober 21, 2004(2004-10-21) (aged 58)
Alma materCalifornia State University, Long Beach
University of California, Los Angeles (M.S)
University of California, Riverside (Ph.D.)
Known forStudying desert and coastal plants
Scientific career
InstitutionsCornell University
Pomona College
University of California, Riverside
San Bernardino Valley College

Neil Allison Campbell (April 17, 1946 – October 21, 2004) was an American scientist known best for his textbook, Biology, first published in 1987 and repeatedly through many subsequent editions. The title is popular worldwide and has been used by over 700,000 students in both high school and college-level classes.[1]


Campbell earned his M.S. in zoology from the University of California, Los Angeles and his Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of California, Riverside. He taught collegiate classes for over 30 years at Cornell University, Pomona College, University of California, Riverside, and San Bernardino Valley College.[2]


Campbell received multiple awards: the Distinguished Alumnus Award from University of California, Riverside in 2001 and the first ever Outstanding Professor Award from San Bernardino Valley College in 1986.[1]

Campbell was also a researcher who studied desert and coastal plants. He conducted research on how certain plants would adjust in environments with different salinity, temperature, and pH. In addition, he conducted studies on the Mimosa plant and other legumes.[3]


Campbell died on 21 October 2004 of heart failure just after the manuscript for the seventh international edition of Biology was completed.[4] The Neil Allison Campbell Endowed Research Award was created at UC Riverside to honor his memory.[5]


  1. ^ a b "UC Riverside Visiting Scholar Dies" (Press release). University of California, Riverside. 2004-10-25. Retrieved 2006-09-06.
  2. ^ "Neil A. Campbell; author of renowned biology text; 58". Associated Press. 2004-11-02. pp. The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2006-09-06.
  3. ^ Campbell, Neil A.; Reece, Jane B. (2005). Biology. Benjamin Cummings. p. 1230 p. ISBN 0-8053-7146-X.
  4. ^ Pearce, Jeremy (2004-10-31). "Neil A. Campbell, Who Wrote Major Biology Texts, Dies at 58". The New York Times. Retrieved 2006-09-06.
  5. ^ Neil Allison Campbell Endowed Research Award

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