Early Life and Education
- Born October 23, 1934,
in Beverly, Massachuetts.
- Graduated from Purdue
University in 1956 with a Batchelor of Science, with Distinction,
- Received Master of
Science in Genetics from Purdue University in 1958.
- Earned her Ph.D. in
marine microbiology from the University of Washington in 1961.
- Married Dr. Jack H.
- Has two daughters,
Dr. Alison E. L. Colwell and Stacie A. Colwell.
- From 1966-1972
an Associate Professor of Biology at Georgetown University.
- 1977-1983 Director
of University of Maryland Sea Grant College.
- 1983-1987 Vice-President
for Academic Affairs at University of Maryland.
- 1987-1991 founding
director of Center of Marine Biotechnology for University
- 1991-1998 President
of University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute.
Director of National Science Foundation.
- Continuing research
on preventing cholera and discovering its environmental
- Written or co-written
16 books and over 600 scientific publications, and an award
winning film, Invisible Seas.
appointed by President Reagan to National Science
as President of International Union of Microbiological
Societies, American Association for the Advancement
of Science, and Washington Academy of Sciences.
of Norwegian Research Council and National Science
and Technology Council.
Andrew White Medal from Loyola College, Maryland Legislature
Outstanding Woman of the Year, Fellow in New York
Academy of Sciences, Distinguished Woman Award from
Girl Scouts of America, and 26 honorary degrees from
higher education institutions.
Names Colwell NSF Director, Lane Named New Director
Rita R. Colwell.” NSF. www.nsf.gov.
Rita Rossi Colwell.” The Daily Record Online.
Colwell: You Can Call Her ‘Dr.Science.’”
Columns: The University of Washington Alumni Magazine.