In Memoriam


Karl Maramorosch, 101, professor emeritus, Department of Entomology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, passed away of natural causes on May 9, 2016, during a visit to Poland.

Maramorosch came to join the Waksman Institute of Microbiology as a tenured distinguished professor in 1974, accepting an invitation from the Board of Governors of Rutgers University, where he later became the Robert L. Starkey Professor of Microbiology. In 1984, he moved to the Department of Entomology before retiring and moving eventually to California.

Maramorosch has won numerous awards and recognitions, including the American Institute of Biological Sciences Award of Distinction, American Association for the Advancement of Science Campbell Award, National Academy of Sciences Selman Waksman Award in Microbiology, and two distinguished Fulbright professorships. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Phytopathological Society, Indian National Academy of Science, and New York Academy of Sciences, and is an elected member of Leopoldina (German National Academy of Sciences)—the oldest scientific academy in the world. He was nominated for the National Medal of Science by the Entomological Society of America and American Phytopathological Society.

Among the countless prizes and honors Karl has received during his career, he understandably is proudest of the Wolf Prize in Agriculture, bestowed upon him in 1980 by the Wolf Foundation in Israel. This honor is widely considered the Nobel Prize of agriculture, and Karl was cited “for his pioneering and wide-ranging studies on interactions between insects and disease agents in plants.” He was the first Waksman faculty awarded this honor and shared in the celebration of the second awarded to Dr. Joachim Messing.

He has edited more than 90 volumes on viruses, vectors, plant diseases, invertebrate cell culture, and is the author or co‐author of more than 800 research papers.

Our sincerest condolences go out to his friends and family. He will be sorely missed.