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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Biology Professor
Biologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Cheeseburgers (Bacon)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Vancouver, British Columbia
Favorite Quote:
Never give up. Never slow down. Never grow old. Never ever die young.

Birthplace

Born:
2/21/1942
Birth Location:
Muskogee, Oklahoma

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Biology Professor
Biologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Cheeseburgers (Bacon)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Vancouver, British Columbia
Favorite Quote:
Never give up. Never slow down. Never grow old. Never ever die young.

Birthplace

Born:
2/21/1942
Birth Location:
Muskogee
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Biography

Biologist and biology professor George H. Jones was born February 21, 1942 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He received his B.A. degree in biochemical sciences from Harvard University in 1963. Jones continued his education at the University of California, Berkeley, where he attained his Ph.D. degree in biochemistry under the tutelage of Dr. C. E. Ballou. Jones then worked for two years as a visiting scientist at the National Institutes of Health between 1968 and 1970. After this, he moved on to the University of Geneva in Switzerland, where he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in 1971. Upon returning to the United States, Jones was hired by the zoology department at the University of Michigan, and in 1975, he moved to the department of biology and chaired the department of cellular and molecular biology within the Division of Biological Sciences between 1980 and 1982.

In 1984, Jones assumed yet another post as professor and Associate Chairman for Space and Facilities at the University of Michigan; he also taught in the Division of Biological Sciences and served as Associate Dean at the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Between 1986 and 1989, Jones served as a professor in the department of biology at University of Michigan, and then in 1989, he moved to Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia to serve as its Dean in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. In 1990, he served as the college’s acting dean. In 1996, Jones received the prestigious Goodrich C. White Professorship in Biology at Emory University.

Jones’ numerous awards include the University of Michigan Excellence in Teaching Award (1989) and the Emory University Scholar/Teacher Award (1998), as well as membership in several distinguished professional societies, including the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the American Society for Microbiology. His research concerns the mechanism and regulation of antibiotic synthesis in the bacteria Streptomyces. He received a three-year National Science Foundation Grant in 2003 to study RNA degradation and antibiotic synthesis in Streptomyces, and another in 2008 to study RNA degradation and the regulation of antibiotic production. He resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

George H. Jones was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 12, 2011.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - George Jones recalls his childhood neighborhood in Muskoegee, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - George Jones recalls older extended family members
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - George Jones describes his early interest in science
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - George Jones describes the community influences of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - George Jones discusses the history of African Americans in Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - George Jones recalls the black newspapers of Muskogee, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - George Jones describes the cultural influences of his youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - George Jones remembers his interest in science, exploration and traveling
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - George Jones discusses living out West during the 1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - George Jones describes the classes at Manual Training High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - George Jones shares memories of his high school mentors
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - George Jones describes his interest in applying to Harvard University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - George Jones talks about his high school activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - George Jones discusses the importance of music in his community in Oklahoma
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - George Jones remembers his acceptance to Harvard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - George Jones describes racial relations in Muskogee, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - George Jones describes his trip from Muskogee, Oklahoma, to Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - George Jones remembers his transition to Harvard University as an undergraduate
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - George Jones talks about his college roommates and the black presence at Harvard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - George Jones discusses the tension of the Cold War and Civil Rights Movement during his time at Harvard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - George Jones talks about his sense of responsibility as a black student at Harvard University from 1959 to 1963
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - George Jones recalls his classmates from Harvard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - George Jones discusses not having any mentors at Harvard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - George Jones recalls the lack of racism at Harvard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - George Jones talks about his career aspirations after his Harvard graduation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - George Jones talks about the field of biochemistry in the 1950s and 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - George Jones describes the social climate of the Bay Area, California, in the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - George Jones describes his graduate research on alpha-mannosidase
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - George Jones talks about the work environment at University of California, Berkeley
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - George Jones describes his work with the National Institutes of Health
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - George Jones talks about his fellowship at the University of Geneva
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - George Jones recalls his decision to work with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - George Jones recalls the riots in Washington, D.C. in April 1968
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - George Jones shares his regrets on becoming a dean at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - George Jones talks about his research on the bacteria, Streptomyces
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - George Jones talks about the antibiotic, actinomycin
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - George Jones describes his decision to work at Emory University in 1989
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - George Jones discusses the research environment in the biology department of Emory University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - George Jones talks about RNA degradation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - George Jones discusses the use of DNA sequencing in his research
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - George Jones discusses the value of learning something new every day
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - George Jones discusses the dogmas of science and religion
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - George Jones talks about the importance of studying the evolution of microorganisms
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - George Jones discusses the dangers of antibacterials
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - George Jones discusses his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - George Jones remarks on the importance of science in modern society
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - George Jones talks about Atlanta as a center for research
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - George Jones answers questions about members of his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - George Jones shares his concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - George Jones reflects on how he would like to be remembered