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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Biomedical Scientist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Ackee, Saltfish
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Hang in there.

Birthplace

Born:
7/26/1940
Birth Location:
Kingston,

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Biomedical Scientist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Ackee, Saltfish
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Hang in there.

Birthplace

Born:
7/26/1940
Birth Location:
Kingston
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Biography

Biomedical scientist and research director Winston A. Anderson was born on July 26, 1940 in Kingston, Jamaica. In 1959, Anderson graduated from Calabar High School in Kingston and received his Higher Schools Certificate. At the age of seventeen, he immigrated to the United States and enrolled at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Anderson went on to earn his B.S. degree in zoology and his M.S. degree in zoology from Howard University in 1962 and 1963, respectively. In 1966, he graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island with his Ph.D. degree in biomedical sciences.

Anderson was appointed as chair of the Howard University Department of Zoology in 1975. He served in that position until 1983 and remained on the faculty as a professor of biomedical science. In 2006, with a $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Anderson started the Howard Hughes Medical Research Scholars program. This program has been supported by the National Science Foundation’s Research Careers for Minority Scholars program and the National Institute of Health Biomedical Research Support program for minority students at Howard University. In addition to research and mentoring, Anderson co-founded the Sandy Spring Museum and African Art Gallery in1988 and serves as the curator.

Anderson is a founding member of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) and was the first African American scientist elected to serve on the ASCB Council. While at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Anderson received the Anne Langer Award for Cancer Research and the Distinguished Teacher Award at the Pritzker School of Medicine. In 1992, Brown University bestowed on Anderson its Outstanding Graduate Alumnus Award, and Howard University’s Division of Academic Affairs honored him for establishing the distinguished lecture series, “Brilliant Encounters in Science.” In 2011, Anderson received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.

Winston A. Anderson lives in Silver Springs, Maryland with his wife, Carol Anderson. They have three children: Laura, Lea, and Michael.

Winston A. Anderson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers February 17, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Winston Anderson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Winston Anderson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Winston Anderson describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Winston Anderson talks about his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Winston Anderson describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Winston Anderson describes his parent's personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Winston Anderson talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Winston Anderson talks about growing up in his family's household
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Winston Anderson describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Winston Anderson describes the music he listened to growing up in Jamaica
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Winston Anderson talks about his elementary schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Winston Anderson talks about his high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Winston Anderson talks about his influential high school teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Winston Anderson describes being on the track team in his high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Winston Anderson talks about his time at Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Winston Anderson describes the transition from Jamaica to the United States
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Winston Anderson describes working as a switchboard operator while at Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Winston Anderson talks about the faculty at Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Winston Anderson remembers going with Stokely Carmichael to boycott restaurants in North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Winston Anderson talks about his mentors at Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Winston Anderson describes his decision to attend Brown University for his doctoral degree
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Winston Anderson describes his time at Brown University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Winston Anderson describes his doctoral dissertation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Winston Anderson talks about his spermatology research at the University of Paris
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Winston Anderson describes his mentors while he was at a post-doctoral position at Harvard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Winston Anderson describes teaching at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Winston Anderson describes his research on endochondral ossification
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Winston Anderson describes his research on estrogen-induced peroxidase
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Winston Anderson describes how he met his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Winston Anderson describes leaving University of Chicago to teach at Howard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Winston Anderson describes the challenges he faced as head of the Biology Department at Howard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Winston Anderson describes the grants he obtained for Howard University pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Winston Anderson describes the grants he obtained for Howard University pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Winston Anderson talks about the Ernest Everett Just
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Winston Anderson describes the growth of the Biology Department at Howard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Winston Anderson describes current research at Howard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Winston Anderson reflects on his legacy pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Winston Anderson reflects on his legacy pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Winston Anderson describes the interdepartmental projects at Howard University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Winston Anderson reflects on his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Winston Anderson talks about the Sandy Springs Slave Museum and African Art Gallery pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Winston Anderson talks about the Sandy Springs Slave Museum and African Art Gallery pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Winston Anderson talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Winston Anderson describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Winston Anderson talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Winston Anderson describes his photographs