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Guide to the Howard A. Schneiderman Papers MS.F.005
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biography
  • Chronology
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Related Collections

  • Title: Howard A. Schneiderman papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.F.005
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 67.8 Linear feet (69 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1944-2010
    Date (bulk): 1950-1990
    Abstract: This collection comprises the personal and professional papers of Howard A. Schneiderman, developmental biologist, chief scientist and senior vice-president for research and development at the Monsanto Company, and dean and professor of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. Materials detail Schneiderman's career at UC Irvine, his work at Cornell and Case Western University, as well as his employment with the Monsanto Company. Materials include correspondence, research files, published and unpublished writings, photographs, slides, audio recordings, research, and biographical material.
    Creator: Schneiderman, Howard A., 1927-1990

    Access

    The collection is open for research with some restrictions. Access to audio archival originals is restricted; researchers must use listening copies. Access to files containing information on University of California personnel matters is restricted for 50 years from the latest date of the materials in those files. Access to student record material is restricted for 75 years from the latest date of the materials in those files. Restrictions are noted at the file level.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Copyrights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Howard A. Schneiderman papers. MS-F005. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Ms. Audrey Schneiderman, circa 1991 and April 2012.

    Processing History

    Preliminary processing by Adrian Turner. Processed by Andre Ambrus, 2003; edits to finding aid and addition to the collection processed by Audra Eagle Yun, 2012.

    Biography

    Howard A. Schneiderman was an eminent developmental biologist, chief scientist and senior vice-president for research and development at the Monsanto Corporation, and dean and professor of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine.
    Howard Schneiderman was born on February 9, 1927, in Brooklyn, New York to Anna Grace Center and Louis Schneiderman. Schneiderman entered Swarthmore College in 1944, graduating with a B.A. in Mathematics in 1948 after joining the Navy and entering the Naval Reserve Officer Training Program at Columbia University in 1945. In 1952, he received his Ph.D. in Physiology from Harvard University where he was also a Teaching Fellow. He received his first professional appointment at Cornell University where he taught from 1953 until 1961. At Cornell, he taught zoology and continued his research on discontinuous respiration, which he discovered while at Harvard.
    From 1961 to 1969, Schneiderman was employed as a professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. His research included genetic studies of the development mechanisms of the Drosophila (fruit fly). During his tenure he became Director and Chairman of the Developmental Biology Center and was named Jared Potter Kirtland Distinguished Professor. In 1969, he resigned from Case Western to join the faculty at UCI.
    Howard Schneiderman had a long career in authoring and editing scholarly publications. He published the biology textbook ELMS (Ebert, Loewy, Miller, Schneiderman) in 1973 at Holt Reinhart and Winston with co-editors Jim Ebert, Ariel Loewy and Richard Miller. He was American Editor of Wilhelm Roux's Archives, worked for Developmental Biology, and was a member of the editorial boards of Current Topics in Comparative Biology, Current Topics in Developmental Biology, Journal of Chemical Ecology, Journal of Experimental Zoology, General and Comparative Endocrinology, American Naturalist , Bio-Science, American Zoologist, Developmental Biology and Biological Bulletin.
    At UCI, Schneiderman became Dean of the School of Biological Sciences. While at UCI, he was responsible for developing the Center for Pathobiology Department within the School of Biological Sciences while he continued to teach courses in the biological sciences.
    In 1979, Schneiderman accepted the position of Senior Vice President for Research and Development at the Monsanto Corporation in St. Louis, Missouri, while retaining an on-leave appointment at UCI. At Monsanto, he was responsible for building a new program in biotechnology. In order to enhance corporate research, Schneiderman also established a system of collaboration with Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, where he was also employed as an Adjunct Professor.
    Schneiderman was acknowledged for his distinguished career numerous times. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, appointed to the National Science Board and received a number of awards and honorary degrees from institutions such as Swarthmore, LaSalle College and UCI. After a long bout with leukemia, Howard Schneiderman died in December 1990.
    A 95-page autobiography was published posthumously by the Monsanto Company in 1990 and is included in the collection in the biographical and memorial materials series.

    Chronology

    1927 Born on February 9 in New York City.
    1948 B.A. Mathematics, Swarthmore College.
    1949 M.A. Zoology, Harvard University.
    1952 Ph.D. Physiology, Harvard University.
    1952 Studies metamorphosis of Cecropia silkworms under Professor Carroll M. Williams.
    1952 Discovers and analyzes the phenomenon of discontinuous respiration and significance of motor nerves for muscle development in insects.
    1953-1961 Assistant and later Associate Professor of Zoology, Cornell University.
    1956-1958 Teaches invertebrate zoology at the Marine Biological Laboratories at Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
    1959-1960 National Science Foundation Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, works with Sir Vincent Wigglesworth at Cambridge University, England.
    1961-1969 Joins faculty at Case Western Reserve University.
    1961-1969 Investigations of the endocrine control of insect development.
    1961-1969 Purification and identification of the chemical structure of two insect juvenile hormones with Andre Meyer.
    1961-1969 Director and later Chairman of Developmental Biology Center, Case Western Reserve University.
    1962 Director of National Institutes of Health Training Programs in Developmental Biology.
    1965 Introduces the fruit fly Drosophila into his laboratory for genetic studies of developmental mechanisms.
    1965 Becomes President of the Society for Developmental Biology.
    1965 Publishes seminal paper with Mandaram Madhaven on the development of imaginal discs and the precursors of the abdomen in insects.
    1966-1969 Jared Potter Kirtland Distinguished Professor at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.
    1969-1979 Joins faculty of University of California, Irvine.
    1969-1979 Becomes Dean of the School of Biological Sciences, Chair of the Department of Organismic (later Developmental and Cell) Biology, and Director of the Center for Pathobiology which under his leadership becomes the Developmental Biology Center.
    1971 Chairman, Perinatal Biology and Infant Mortality Training Committee of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and United States Public Health Service (USPHS).
    1973 Distinguished Faculty Award from the UCI Alumni Association.
    1975 Elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
    1975 Honorary degree from LaSalle College.
    1977 Ernst Hadorn Memorial Lecturer at the VIII International Congress of Developmental Biology in Tokyo in 1977.
    1979-1990 Leaves UCI to become Senior Vice President for Research and Development at the Monsanto Company in St. Louis, Missouri.
    1979-1990 Develops Monsanto's Life Sciences Research Center for Biotechnology Research in Chesterfield, Missouri.
    1980 Adjunct Professor at Washington University, Missouri while retaining an on-leave appointment at UCI.
    1981 Appointed Advisory Director to the Board of Directors of Monsanto Company.
    1981 Member of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Developmental Biologists.
    1981 Viktor Hamburger Lecturer at Washington University.
    1982 Honorary degree from Swarthmore College.
    1983 Gustavson Memorial Lecturer at the University of Nebraska and Founders Memorial Lecturer of the Entomological Society of America.
    1985 Member of Board of Directors, G. D. Searle and Co. wholly owned subsidiary of Monsanto Company.
    1987 Appointed by President Reagan to the National Science Board, policy-making body of the National Science Foundation.
    1989 Awarded the UCI Medal.
    1989 Recipient of the Gregor Mendel Gold Medal from the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences.
    1990 Dies in December.
    2003 UCI Science Lecture Hall renamed Schneiderman Lecture Hall in memory of Howard Schneiderman.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    This collection comprises the personal and professional papers of Howard A. Schneiderman, developmental biologist, chief scientist and senior vice-president for research and development at the Monsanto Company, and dean and professor of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. Materials detail Schneiderman's career at UC Irvine, his work at Cornell and Case Western University, as well as his employment with the Monsanto Company. Materials include correspondence, research files, published and unpublished writings, photographs, slides, audio recordings, research, and biographical material.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into 7 series:
    • Series 1. University of California, Irvine files.
    • Series 2. Education and early career.
    • Series 3. Professional activities and associations.
    • Series 4. Publications, manuscripts, and editorial work.
    • Series 5. Research and grants.
    • Series 6. Monsanto files.
    • Series 7. Biographical and memorial.

    Related Collections

    Related materials can be found in the following collections in the Department of Special Collections and Archives: