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William D. McElroy Papers
MSS 483  
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Description
Papers of William David McElroy (1917-1999), professor of biochemistry, the fourth chancellor (1972-1980) of the University of California, San Diego; and former director (1969-1971) of the National Science Foundation. McElroy's significant contributions to biology include isolating and crystallizing the compounds that enable firefly luminescence and for his subsequent research into bacterial bioluminescence. He also wrote, spoke, and worked on problems in areas of environment, pollution, food production, science education, and international science. The papers largely document McElroy's scientific research and include correspondence with the scientific community, various biographical materials including awards and photographs, writings and reprints related to biochemical and scientific investigation, research materials on bioluminescene, UCSD teaching materials, and speeches given both as chancellor and as director of the National Science Foundation.
Background
William "Bill" McElroy was born in Rogers, Texas, in 1917. He received a bachelor's degree from Stanford University in 1939, where he played football from 1938-1939. He obtained a master's degree from Reed College in Oregon in 1941 and a doctorate from Princeton University in 1943 both in biology, but it was at Princeton where McElroy first investigated bioluminescence under the mentorship of E. Newton Harvey. McElroy received 12 honorary degrees including those from University of Notre Dame, Johns Hopkins University, the University of San Diego, and the University of Bologna in Italy.
Extent
10.4 Linear feet (19 archives boxes, 11 oversize folders, 6 art bin items)
Restrictions
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Availability
Materials contained in Box 1, Folder 9 have been restricted by the donor. Additional materials containing personal information are restricted. Also, original films are restricted; patrons must request user copies be produced.