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Berwind Peterson Kaufmann
Regents' Proceedings 631

BERWIND PETERSON KAUFMANN, the cytologist and geneticist who has lent The University of Michigan the past five years of his distinguished life, has entered his seventy-first year, and relinquished his active faculty status in accordance with University statute.

Born in Philadelphia in April of 1897, Professor Kaufmann earned three degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. After completing his doctorate there in 1925, he became Professor of Biology at Southwestern College in Memphis. From 1928 to 1936 he chaired the Department of Biology at the University of Alabama. He then joined the staff of the Carnegie Institution at Cold Spring Harbor and in 1960 was appointed director of the Department of Genetics there. When the Institution closed the station at Cold Spring Harbor in 1962, he came to Ann Arbor as Professor of Zoology and Senior Research Scientist. His interests extended beyond the limits implied by that title, and he was later also appointed Professor of Botany.

The eminence, which he brought to cytogenetic studies at the University was proportioned to his past honors and offices, which included membership in the National Academy of Sciences, the presidency of the Genetic Society of America, and major editorial responsibilities on behalf of professional journals. His scientific bibliography currently numbers some one hundred and fifty items. Locally, his guidance and his very presence proved stimulating to both permanent staff members and graduate students, and attractive to the principal supporters of basic research in cytogenetics. As he commences his retirement, the Regents tender him their deepest gratitude for associating himself with this University. And they warmly invite him to avail himself of the privileges attending his new title, which is Professor Emeritus of Zoology and of Botany.