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Robert G. Webster, Ph.D., who holds the Rose Marie Thomas Chair at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, has been named by Scientific American magazine as a “Research Leader” within the 2005 Scientific American 50—the magazine’s prestigious list recognizing outstanding acts of leadership in science and technology from the past year.
In addition to his position at St. Jude, Webster is a consultant to both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and is the Director of the U.S. Collaborating Center of the WHO dealing with the ecology of influenza viruses at the animal/human interface. It is the only laboratory of its type in the world. He was recognized by Scientific American as a leader for providing insight into how novel influenza viruses spread.
“The Scientific American 50 is our annual opportunity to salute the people and organizations worldwide whose research, policy or business leadership has played a major role in bringing about the science and technology innovations that are improving the way we live and offer the greatest hope for the future,” said Editor-in-Chief John Rennie.
The Scientific American 50 appears in the magazine’s December issue, arriving on newsstands November 22. The complete list may also be accessed on the magazine’s Web site, www.sciam.com.
In 2004, Richard Webby, Ph.D., assistant member in Infectious Diseases at St. Jude, was named by the magazine as a leader in the Public Health and Epidemiology category for his work in reverse genetics.
Last update: November 2005