- © 2000 Journal of Foraminiferal Research
The Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research announces the selection of Professor John J. Lee for the 1999 Joseph A. Cushman Award, in recognition of his lifetime contributions to foraminiferal research.
John’s lifelong fascination with science began during his ninth summer, when he found fossil brachiopods in New York’s Catskill Mountains (USA). His father took John and his fossils to the American Museum of Natural History, where Dr. Normal Newell took the time to examine and explain the child’s treasures. John took away a crucial lesson and that was, no matter how busy as a parent or scientist, one must take time to engage and encourage youngsters.
A lifelong New Yorker, John earned a B.S. in Biology in 1955 from Queens College. He briefly left New York to pursue a Master’s degree in Zoology from the University of Massachusetts, then returned home to attend New York University, where he earned his Ph.D. in Biology and Proto-zoology in 1960. His dissertation topic included research on the morphology, physiology and nutrition of parabasalians, parasites in snakes. Although he sampled a variety of deadly snakes, including cobras, a bite from a water snake nearly killed him and changed his career path to the more benign realm of foraminifers.
John was working at Haskins Laboratory under …